Jane Clarke Readings
‘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 debut collection The River
was published by Bloodaxe in June 2015 to great acclaim. Her second collection When the Tree Falls
was published by Bloodaxe in September 2019 and launched at Hodges Figgis in Dublin and at Bridge Street Books in Wicklow. 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.
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.
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.
Hear Jane Clarke read and introduced her poem 'He stood at the top of the stairs' from When the Tree Falls
on the Words Lightly Spoken
An interview with Jane Clare features in the inaugural issue of The Poet Magazine
, Autumn 2019. Click here
'When winter comes' was discussed by Carol Rumens in her Guardian
Poem of the Week column here
Sunday 8th December, 3pm, Books Upstairs, 17 D'Olier Street, Dublin
Books Upstairs Sunday Session
Jane will read with Maureen Boyle and fellow Bloodaxe poet Katie Donovan
on 8th December in the Books Upstairs.
Details will be posted in due course here
READINGS FORTHCOMING IN 2020
Thursday 16 January 2020, 7pm, dlr Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire
Jane will read with Julie Morrissey and Grace Wilentz.
Thursday 20 February 2020, 6.30pm, Wexford Library, Co. Wexford
Jane will read from When the Tree Falls in Wexford Library.
Friday 21 February 2020, 2pm, Killagoley Training and Activation Centre Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Jane will give a reading from When the Tree Falls.
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.
[07 November 2019]
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