‘The Irish poet Jane Clarke has followed a great debut collection with an even better second book. When the Tree Falls talks about her farming father in his last years. It delivers a clean, hard-earned simplicity and a lovely sense of line.’ – Anne Enright, The Irish Times (Books of the Year 2019)
Jane Clarke's second collection When the Tree Falls, published by Bloodaxe in September 2019, has been shortlisted for both the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Farmgate Cafe National Poetry Award 2020. Jane Clarke’s lyrically eloquent poems bear witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and regrowth. An elegiac sequence, inspired by the loss of her father, moves gracefully through this second collection. Jane Clarke grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon, but now lives in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. Her debut collection The River was published by Bloodaxe in June 2015 to great acclaim.
Jane was on tour in the US 23 October- 2 November 2019. She gave a number of readings plus a workshop in Washington DC, organised by Solas Nua, including a public interview with Ron Charles (Washington Post) in the "Life of a Poet" Forum. She ended her tour by reading at Poetryfest at the Irish Arts Centre in New York. See video below of her NYU reading.
While she was in Washington, Jane was interviewed by Grace Cavalieri for The Library of Congress's The Poem & the Poet series. This half-hour interview is available here.
Jane Clarke visited the UK 16-20 November to read at the Woodstock Poetry Festival near Oxford and at Goldsmiths Writers' Centre in London.
An interview with Jane Clarke features in the inaugural issue of The Poet Magazine, Autumn 2019. Click here to read.
READINGS IN 2020
Sadly, both Cork International Poetry Festival and Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival have been cancelled.
Tuesday 24 March 2020, 6.30-7.30pm, Cork International Poetry Festival
The Farmgate Cafe, The English Market, Princes Street T12 NC8Y Cork
The Farmgate Café National Poetry Award
Prizegiving ceremony for the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award, which is now in its second year. Jane Clarke is one of five poets shortlisted for this award.
Free event, but booking advised. Book via Eventbrite here.
Thursday 26 March 2020, 4pm, Cork International Poetry Festival
Saturday 28 March 2020,10.30 am,Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
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Irish Times Poetry Now Award
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival and The Irish Times once again present the Poetry Now award in which the winner of the best collection of 2019 is announced. This year's judges are poets Colette Bryce, Jackie Kay and Niall McMonagle.
Jane Clarke has been shortlisted for her second collection When the Tree Falls. She had already been engaged to read at Mountains to Sea before the shortlist was announced (see below).
Wednesday 13 May 2020, Ty Newydd Writing Centre, Wales
Jane will be the Guest Reader at Gillian Clarke and Michael Woods' Poetry Masterclass on 13 May 2020.
18-22 July 2020, Cumbria, UK
The Lake District Retreat for Rural Writing
Rural Writing Institute: Jane Clarke and James Rebanks (The Shepherd's Life) will give an outdoor workshop on dry stone walls and poetry as part of the Rural Writing Institute, Cumbria, on James' Lake District farm.
Full details and photographs of the farm are here.
22 August - 5 September 2020, Heinrich Böll Residency, Achill Island
Jane will have a writing residency in the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island from 22 August - 5 September 2020.
Washington DC launch for Jane Clarke's When the Tree Falls
Jane Clarke's reading at NYU Washington, DC in October 2019, part of her US tour organised by Solas Nua. Jane read poems from her latest book, When the Tree Falls, and took questions from the audience. She also read four poems from All the Way Home, her illustrated booklet of poems in response to a First World War family archive held in the Mary Evans Picture Library, London (Smith|Doorstop, April 2019). She began and ended her reading with poems from her debut collection The River.
Wonderful introduction by Paddy Meskell, who set out the five things that make Jane's poems something special to him, starting with her use of language:
'The language is as spare and bare as a winter's field'.
Jane Clarke reads from When the Tree Falls
Jane Clarke reads and introduces twelve poems from When the Tree Falls: ‘Copper Soles’, ‘you pull yourself up’, ‘Those days’, ‘The Polling Station’, ‘The Hurley-maker’, ‘The trouble’, ‘Hers’, ‘Map’, ‘I’ve got you’, ‘Cypress’, ‘Aftergrass’ and ‘Kelly’s Garden’. Neil Astley filmed her reading selections from her two Bloodaxe collections at her home in Glenmalure in April 2019.