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Clare Best is our Headline Poet at LAF2017!

Clare Best’s first full collection, Excisions, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012. She has performed her poem cycle Self-portrait without Breasts across the UK and Ireland, and in the USA and Canada. Other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless, CELL and Springlines, published this year by Little Toller. Clare has been a bookbinder, a bookseller and an editor and now teaches Creative Writing at university level. She has held writing residencies in a range of settings including HMP Shepton Mallet, Woodlands Organic Farm on the Lincolnshire Fens and the University of Brighton.

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