Jane Clarke Readings

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 podcast here
An interview with Jane Clare features in the inaugural issue of The Poet Magazine, Autumn 2019.  Click here to read.
'When winter comes' was discussed by Carol Rumens in her Guardian Poem of the Week column here.
Thursday 20 February 2020, 7pm, Wexford Library, Wexford Town, Co. Wexford
Jane will read from When the Tree Falls in Wexford Library.

Thursday 26 March 2020, 4pm, Cork International Poetry Festival
Grand Parade Library
Jane Clarke & Catherine Phil McCarthy
Entry free, but ticketed.

Click here to book.

Saturday 28 March 2020, Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Jane will read from When the Tree Falls at the Mountains to Sea Festival.

2-3 May 2020, Strokestown Poetry Festival
Jane will give a reading at the festival on the first weekend of May 2020. She will also judge the 2020 Roscommon Poets Prize run by Strokestown Poetry Festival.

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.

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.
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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