Claire Beynon

South African-born Claire Beynon is an artist, writer and independent researcher. She works collaboratively on a diverse range of projects with fellow artists, writers, scientists and musicians in New Zealand and abroad. Her short story, Point of Entry, was Runner-up in the 1999 Sunday Star Times competition and in 2002 her poem Mystery Sonatas won first prize in the NZ International Poetry Competition. Claire's first collection Open Book - Poetry & Images was published by Steele Roberts in 2007. Short stories, poems and non-fiction essays have been published in various journals and collections over the years, including Glottis, Takahe, Artsenta's The Song of the Belly Button Man and Rosa Mira BooksSlightly Peculiar Love Stories, edited by Penelope Todd (2011). 

Claire spent two summer research seasons in Antarctica with US scientists (2005 & 2008). Her short story Double Portrait was shortlisted in the 2009 Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing and in 2010, Nature's Little Masons - one in a series of reflective essays documenting her 'life on ice’ -was published in Junctures (Issue 13). Excerpts from these essays later became the narration in Claire’s film Hidden Depths - Poetry for Science, selected for screening at the International Polar Year PolarCINEMA event in Oslo in 2012. She is the co-curator of Tuesday Poem (with Mary McCallum, Makaro Press), an international poetry collective and founder-curator of MANY as ONE, an Arts and Peace initiative whose purpose is to facilitate on - and offline networks of creative exchange. 

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