‘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, was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize 2020, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Farmgate Cafe National Poetry Award 2020, as well as being longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 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.
An interview with Jane Clarke features in the inaugural issue of The Poet Magazine, Autumn 2019. Click here to read.
Jane Clarke was interviewed on RTE Radio 1's Arena on 19 May 2020. She read poems from and talked about her Pigott Poetry Prize-shortlisted collection When the Tree Falls. Listen here.
DIGITAL FESTIVAL READING
Jane gave a reading from her home as part of the Inside Writing digital poetry festival organised by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts in lieu of the annual Newcastle Poetry Festival. Her readings were shared online during the week of 15-19 June 2020. She read and introduced three poems from When the Tree Falls: 'He stood at the top of the stairs', 'I've got you' and 'The trouble'.
She went on to read two new poems, 'April wake' and 'First earlies'. The poems were written on 19 and 21 April 2020, and are included on Manchester Writing School’s WRITE where we are NOW website, which gathers together poems written in response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the poems here and here.
Jane Clarke was commissioned to write a poem for Bloomsday, 16 June 2020. Her poem 'Night Boat, North Wall Quay' can be read here. A film of her reading the poem is below.
JANE CLARKE READING FROM HER HOME
Jane Clarke gave a virtual reading for episode 4 of the new LIVE Network series on Friday 29 May 2020.
Black Tea and Birdsong with Jane Clarke (sponsored by Roscommon Arts Centre). Jane reads five poems from her collection When the Tree Fallsaccompanied by birdsong from her garden. She was interviewed by Dani Gill.
Jane gave a reading organised by The Holding Cell on 25 April 2020, which was streamed live from her home in Co Wicklow. She read poems from her two Bloodaxe collections When the Tree Fallsand The River. Click 'Wach this video on YouTube' to see the film.
18-22 July 2020, Cumbria, UK - THIS RETREAT HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN 2021
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.
TOUR OF US & UK, AUTUMN 2019
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.
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.