Jane Clarke Readings

Jane Clarke Readings

'The poems are plain-spoken and restrained: they resist easy consolation. Their austerity serves to intensify the unmediated emotion they almost don’t want to capture.' - Carol Rumens, Poem of the Week, The Guardian, on When the Tree Falls
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 will be in 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.
Jane's poem 'When winter comes' was discussed by Carol Rumens in her Guardian Poem of the Week column here.
Wednesday 20 November 2019, 5pm, Goldsmiths Writers' Centre, RHB 137, University of London, London

Poetry and autobiography: Jane Clarke and Anne-Marie Fyfe
How do you write about the people and places that shaped you? Do you have to move away to gain perspective? And which do you rely on most - memory or imagination? Two Irish poets discuss their ideas and processes.
Free admission – to attend please email english@gold.ac.uk
More details here.
Thursday 21 November 2019, 7.30pm, Rathfarnham Castle
Jane will read at a special concert to mark the centenary year of the Irish Republic.  With music from acclaimed soprano, Sharon Carty, Sonamus and a string quartet.
Admission free but booking essential at 01 493 9462 and rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie.
More information on facebook here.

Saturday 23 November 2019, Irish Group Analysis Society
Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St. Dublin 2
Jane will speak about poetry and psychoanalysis with a reading from When the Tree Falls and All the Way Home, followed by a group discussion of this theme.
Friday 29 November, 7pm, Poetry by the Weir, Osta Café, Sligo, Ireland
Jane will read from When the Tree Falls, which includes elegies to her friend Shirley McClure.  Shirley's Sligo friends will read from Origami Doll, New and Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House, 2019), edited by Jane Clarke.
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.
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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