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Clare Best’s Excisions at April’s Open Mic Poetry

Don’t miss this month’s Open Mic Poetry event with guest poet Clare Best. It takes place on Wednesday 17th April at 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester.

In her first collection, which was nominated for a prestigious poetry award, Sussex writer Clare draws on her personal life as she was faced with the dilemma of whether or not to have a mastectomy given her family’s medical history. The outcome is a stunning sequence of poems on love and pain, grief and joy.

“Clare Best’s first collection took my breath away,” said Michelle Fossey, writing in the Frogmore Papers

Clare Best’s collection, Excisions (Waterloo, 2011), described by Andy Brown as “precise, inventive, often witty, sometimes erotic, and at all times powerfully truthful writing” was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize 2012. It includes the acclaimed poem cycle Self-portrait without Breasts. Clare has created a unique project combining the Self-portrait poems with Laura Stevens’ photographs, and, over the past year, she has presented this work in Boston and Toronto, Exeter and Brighton.

She has taught Creative Writing for many years at Brighton University and the Open University, and in a variety of more unusual settings from HMP Shepton Mallet to Woodlands Organic Farm on the Lincolnshire Fens.

Clare will read from Excisions and share new work as she launches the Open Mic Poetry evening. Local poets will then have the chance to share their own poems with a sympathetic audience – any subject or style is welcome. At last month’s session, the award-winning poet John Haynes was really impressed by the range of poems presented by  Sussex poets. But, as always, listeners are equally welcome.

We look forward to seeing you on 17th April, 7.30pm, at Jubilee Hall, New Park Centre, Chichester. The entrance fee is £3 on the door. For further info email: or call Barry Smith on: 07813244731.

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