Wednesday, 13 January 2016


Me and Clare

Clare Best is not only a superb poet and writer and now a great friend but she is also a very brave woman. I was approached by her in late 2012 following the presentation at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) of a talk about my photographic project "Over the Hill". She wrote to me soon afterwards saying that she had attended the event but had not had the chance to talk to me afterwards .

Clare explained that she was a writer and poet with a family history of breast cancer and a few years previously had opted for preventive double Mastectomy. As part of her preparation and journey through surgery and recovery she had herself photographed before and after by Laura Stevens, a photographer who was at the time based in Brighton and who subsequently photographed me. Clare had written a sequence of poems Self-Portrait without Breasts which had been published in her collection of poetry Excisions. She said that she had enjoyed my talk and asked if I might be interested in meeting her. A fan! Of course, I wrote to her straightaway agreeing to meet and also suggesting that we might collaborate on something poetic or photographic. 

The rest is history. We did meet and we have collaborated but not quite poetically or photographically although there have been poetic pieces written and photographs taken and the upshot of all this is that we are now presenting our joint project "TAKE ME WITH YOU: the museum of friendship, remembrance and loss'' at the BSMS at 6pm on 18th February next. 

Entrance to the event is free but if you do wish to come please book through Eventbrite by following this link.

In the meantime, watch this and get a taste of things to come -