Jane Clarke Readings and Events
Ahead of her reading at the Burren Winterage Weekend on 29 October 2022, Jane Clarke was interviewed on a special edition of RTE Radio 1's CountryWide broadcast live from the Burren. She read her new poem 'Laying the Hedge', and spoke to presenter Damien O'Reilly about how the landscapes of Co Roscommon, where she grew up on a farm, and Co Wicklow, where she lives now, have influenced her work.
Jane's interview is available as a separate podcast here.
Thursday 22 April, 6pm
Cork World Book Festival 2023
Jane will read with poets Eva Griffen & Paul Maddern at the 'Queering the Green' event. Booking details to follow.
Tuesday 25 April, 7pm
Street 66, Dublin
Jane will read at Pride Poets in Dublin. More details to follow.
Thursday 25 May, 6pm
Dublin launch of A Change in the Air
Hodges Figgis, 56-58 Dawson St, Dublin 2, D02 XE81, Ireland
Jane Clarke's third full collection, A Change in the Air, will be published by Bloodaxe in May 2023. More details to follow soon.
Friday 26 May, 7pm
Wicklow launch of A Change in the Air
Bridge Street Books, Wicklow
Jane will be reading from A Change in the Air at Bridge Street Books. More details to follow soon.
Thursday 15 June, 7pm
Launch event for A Change in the Air and Five Fifty-Five
West Greenwich Library, 146 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8NN
Jane Clarke and Maura Dooley will be launching their new collections at a reading hosted by In-Words. Maura Dooley's new collection Five Fifty-Five is published by Bloodaxe in April.
More details to follow soon.
DISCUSSION RECORDED AT DUBLIN BOOK FESTIVAL
Culture File Weekly, RTÉ Lyric FM, Saturday 3 December 2022, 6.30pm
This event was recorded live at the Dublin Book Festival in the National Botanic Gardens, and was broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM on 3 December. Listen here.
The River, and ended with 'When this is all over' from her illustrated booklet All the Way Home (Smith|Doorstop, 2019).
Poet – Jane Clarke
Cormac Breatnach (Susato Whistle)
Eamon Sweeney (Early & Classical Guitars)
Poesie: The Daily Poetry App presents a virtual discussion with Irish poet Jane Clarke
Jane Clarke was Poesie's guest poet on 27 June 2021. She read some of the poems that are featured on the Poesie app: 'Daily Bread', 'The Suck' and 'Dropping Slow' from her debut collection The River and 'Cypress' from When the Tree Falls . In the Q&A with Poesie host Benjamin Bregman, Jane spoke about how she came to start writing poetry in her forties, and about process, inspirations, music, and her values as a poet. She talked about how her tutor Gillian Clarke and the Bloodaxe anthology Staying Alive helped her along the way. Several poems by Jane feature in the fourth anthology in Neil Astley's Staying Alive series, Staying Human (pictured below).
Field Work Book Club, 6 May 2021, with guest Jane Clarke
Jane Clarke was the guest for the May edition of the Field Work Book Club on 6 May. She was the first poet to be invited to discuss her work at the bookclub. Jane was reading poems from her second collection When the Tree Falls and speaking about her upbringing on a farm in Co Roscommon. A very wide-ranging and thoughtful discusson with farmers from around the UK.
Friday 7 May 2021, 6pm, The Stay-at-Home Literary Festival - via Zoom
Solace in Sound – Three Bloodaxe Poets Explore the Landscape of Grief
Join a trio of Bloodaxe poets whose recent poetry collections span Scotland, Ireland, England and Estonia. Each shares a powerful sense of their formative landscapes; whether farmland, forest, mountains, estuaries, rivers or beyond. In poems that consider the impact of loss – of friends and friendships, parents, or a communal event of the most traumatic kind – these collections foster sympathy and strength. The poets will read from their own work, and also from each other’s, creating a unique conversation about memory and resonance in the landscape.
With Heidi Williamson, Jane Clarke and Philip Gross. They were reading from their recent collections Return by Minor Road, When the Tree Falls and Between the Islands, and read poems by each other to start and end their own readings. The start of the video below has been cut off - Philip was in the middle of reading 'The Fisherman' from Jane's debut collection The River.
Jane Clarke | Ranjit Hoskote | Mary Jean Chan
A Burren Winterage Weekend 2020 keynote talk by James Rebanks, author of two bestselling and critically acclaimed books, The Shepherd’s Life (2015) and English Pastoral (2020). In this talk, he gives an overview of his farm, his farming practices, and how they have changed over time. James also talks about his grassland and soil management, and his obsession with soil and regenerative grazing practices, as well as the habitat restoration work they have undertaken. James is a traditional upland sheep and cattle farmer in Matterdale in the Land District, breeding Belted Galloways and Herdwick sheep and he champions nature-friendly farming practices.
This is followed by a talk with poet Jane Clarke who grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon. Jane talks about how this way of life inspired her writing and reads poems from her two highly acclaimed collections, The River and When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2015 & 2019).
James Rebanks and Jane Clarke met in London when their first books were both shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize for writing that celebrates the spirit of a place.
Jane Clarke gave a virtual reading for episode 4 of the new LIVE Network series on Friday 29 May 2020.
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.
[30 April 2020]