Jane Clarke Readings
'It is a really beautiful collection. I am moved to find all those flowers and birds so precisely placed, the farmstead nooks and crannies, the delicately nuanced explorations of big themes – the Great War, neighbourly gestures at a time of sectarian entanglement – generous pictures of [Jane Clarke's] soul-landscape, love poems. Collections of this quality are very rare.’ – Michael Longley, on A Change in the Air
T S ELIOT PRIZE READINGS IN LONDON
Sunday 14 January 2024, 7pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Hear the best new poetry coming out of the UK and Ireland read by the ten shortlisted poets for this year’s TS Eliot Prize, hosted by Ian McMillan. Jane Clarke and Abigail Parry from Bloodaxe are both on the shortlist.
Tickets: £12 – £15
Bookings via the Southbank Centre here.
T S ELIOT PRIZE VIDEOS
Jane Clarke reads 'Spalls' from A Change in the Air.
Jane talks about her work and her shortlisted collection A Change in the Air.
US BOOK TOUR, 24-29 SEPTEMBER 2023
Jane Clarke was in Washington DC and Philadelphia in September 2023 to launch her new collection A Change in the Air. For several events, Jane appeared alongside fellow Irish poets Katie Dovovan and Catherine Phil MacCarthy. Katie Donovan's sixth book of poetry from Bloodaxe, May Swim, is forthcoming in May 2024. Jane's books are distributed in the USA via Consortium Book Sales.
Wednesday 27 September 2023
The Library of Congress, Washington DC: Grace Cavalieri interviewed Jane for her long-running radio series The Poet and The Poem. Jane read a number of poems from her new collection, and discussed them with Grace Cavalieri.
‘This is my favourite book of yours. I think that this is just your crown jewel. This book is absolutely your voice without effort – it’s pure silk.’ – Grace Cavalieri, speaking on The Poet and the Poem podcast, on A Change in the Air
Friday 29 September, 7.30pm ET
NYU campus, Washington DC, John Brademas Center
Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L Street, NW, Washington DC 20005 (In-Person Audience)
Ron Charles, book critic with The Washington Post, hosted a public interview with Jane Clarke about her new collection. This reading was recorded for distribution to NYU campuses in several countries. Jane read poems from A Change in the Air and discussed them with Ron (from 08:26).
Ron Charles also featured her poem ‘Shepherd’ from A Change in the Air in his Washington Post newsletter ahead of the reading. Read the poem and Ron Charles' full introduction via The Washington Post newsletter here.
‘Her verse attends so closely to the land and the people of her rural homeland that it makes us attend more closely to our own. This summer she published A Change in the Air, a collection that glides gently from caring for her mother to remembering the Troubles to moving into a new house in the countryside.’ – Ron Charles, The Washington Post Book Club
LIVE-STREAMED BLOODAXE LAUNCH EVENT, 23 MAY 2023
Tuesday 23 May 2023, 7pm BST
This wonderful reading and discussion event was livestreamed on 23 May 2023 and is now available on YouTube.
Jane Clarke, Kris Johnson and Yvonne Reddick joined live from Co Wicklow, North Shields and Manchester. They were reading from their new collections and discussing them with the host, Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley, and with each other. Stunning readings and fascinating discussion of poetry, nature, home and memory.
Jane Clarke read first in each set. This was the online launch for her third collection A Change in the Air.
INTERVIEW ON RTE RADIO 1's COUNTRYWIDE
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.
[17 April 2023]