Jane Clarke presents The Miners' Way on BBC Radio 4

Jane Clarke presents The Miners' Way on BBC Radio 4

 
 
BBC RADIO 4 FEATURE PRESENTED BY JANE CLARKE - CHOSEN FOR RADIO 4'S PICK OF THE WEEK

The Miners’ Way, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 3 May 2020, 4.30pm (repeated Saturday 9 May, 11.30pm)

Beautiful half-hour BBC Radio 4 feature presented by Irish poet Jane Clarke. She reads 'Birthing the Lamb' from When the Tree Falls, along with a new sequence of poems.

‘Irish poet Jane Clarke lives in Glenmalure, a remote and rugged valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. The valley marks the start of the Miners' Way, a long-distance path developed by a local community group, traversing three Wicklow valleys, Glenmalure, Glendalough and Glendasan, and taking in six old, disused mine sites. The Miners' Way has inspired Jane to write a sequence of poems responding to this rich natural and cultural heritage. As she walks the Miners' Way, Jane meets some of her neighbours - local historian Carmel O'Toole who shows her one of the old mining buildings, farmer Pat Dunne who tells her how sheep farming in the valleys has changed over the years, and mountain leader Charles O’Byrne who knows the area like the back of his hand. She also visits Robbie Carter, one of the few people who can talk first-hand about working in these valleys in the mining industry, which came to an end in 1957. Now in his 80s, Robbie became a miner at the age of 16. He describes his life as a miner in the mid-20th century and the story of a fatal mining accident in January 1957 when a workmate died. Robbie was seriously injured and never worked in a mine again. The poems in the programme by Jane Clarke include ‘Birthing the Lamb’ from her 2019 collection When the Tree Falls. All other poems are new works inspired by the landscape, heritage and stories of the Miners’ Way.’

The programme will be available until 9 June 2020. Listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000htr0
 

RADIO 4'S PICK OF THE WEEK

The Miners' Way was chosen by Antonia Quirke for her Pick of the Week of 3 May on BBC Radio 4, beginning with Jane reading her poem 'Birthing the Lamb' and ending with an extract from the end of the programme.  Listen via BBC Radio 4 here (Jane features from 15:10, but listen to the previous item from Farming Today from 12:25 to put this into context).

 

ARTICLE BY JANE CLARKE IN THE IRISH TIMES

Jane Clarke wrote about the Miners' Way of Glenmalure, Glendalough and Glendasan in The Irish Times of 1 May ahead of her BBC Radio 4 feature.  Her article is here. It includes one of the new poems she has written especially for the programme. 

You can hear Jane read this poem on the Words Lightly Spoken podcast. Click here to listen.

 
****
 
Jane Clarke's second full-length collection When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books, 2019) was shortlisted for both the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Farmgate Cafe National Poetry Award 2020, and was longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020 for books celebrating the spirit of a place.  Her 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's debut collection The River was published by Bloodaxe in June 2015 to great acclaim.
 
For interviews, reviews, books of the year choices and poem features for When the Tree Falls, see: https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/news?articleid=989
 

[27 April 2020]


Back to News And Publicity

cart
CART
search
TITLE SEARCH

A-Z

AUTHORS

A-Z

CATEGORIES

View Larger Text