Agent: Hattie Grunewald

Biography: Clare Best has worked as a bookbinder, a bookseller, an editor and a Creative Writing teacher. 

Clare is a prize-winning poet and the author of four poetry publications: Treasure Ground (HappenStance, 2009); Breastless (Pighog, 2011); Excisions (Waterloo, 2011) Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012; Cell (Frogmore 2015).

She has presented her autobiographical project ‘Self-portrait without Breasts’ to audiences in Ireland, Canada and the USA as well as across the UK. The Papermaker, Clare’s prose memoir, was a finalist in the Mslexia Memoir Competition 2014.  Clare lives on the edge of the South Downs with her husband, their son and his whippet.


‘A tapestry of time – brightly coloured, beautifully orchestrated, emotionally pure.’ Andrew O’Hagan


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See the blog for Clare's autobiographical project ‘Self Portrait Without Breasts'