HIGHLY regarded poet Clare Best will be the special guest at a celebration of poetry in Chichester next week.
She will be reading from her new works, CELL and Springlines, where she blends words with pictures.
Acclaimed Sussex resident Clare is appearing at Chichester Library at 7.30pm next Thursday as Chichester Library joins forces with Open Mic Poetry. Artist collaborator Michaela Ridgeway will also be present.
Her powerful art works in harness with Clare’s words in CELL. Live music from Linda Kelsall-Barnett on classical guitar and open mic poetry will combine to offer a stimulating mix of words and music.
Open Mic spokesman Barry Smith said: “Clare Best’s first full poetry collection, Excisions, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize in 2012. Her other poetry publications include Treasure Ground, Breastless and CELL.”
Looking ahead to the national poetry day reading, Clare said: “I’ll read from CELL for part of the presentation. This is my most recent publication – it’s an unusual piece of book art and Michaela Ridgeway will come along too that evening and we’ll talk briefly about how we collaborated on CELL.
“I’ll also read some poems from Them, the extended poem cycle that will form my next collection. Them features the unpredictable and strange lives of a nameless couple bound together by habit, co-dependence and love in its various guises.
“And, finally, I’ll read one or two poems from the Springlines project – poems rooted in the landscape of the South Country of England, to borrow Edward Thomas’ phrase.”
Local poets will be able to share their work in the open mic section of the evening.
Tickets priced £5, to include a glass of wine, are available in advance from Chichester Library, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1JQ or tel: 01243 777351.