Jane Clarke on RTE Radio 1's Countrywide & poem in The Irish Times

Jane Clarke on RTE Radio 1's Countrywide & poem in The Irish Times


Irish poet Jane Clarke's third full collection, A Change in the Air, was published by Bloodaxe in May 2023. Across six sequences these intimate poems of unembellished imagery accrue power and resonance in what is essentially a book of love poems to our beautiful, fragile world.

A Change in the Air follows Jane Clarke's 2019 second collection When the Tree Falls, which 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. Her debut collection The River (2015) was the first poetry book to be shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. Jane Clarke grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon, and now lives near Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. 
Jane Clarke launched A Change in the Air at Bloodaxe's joint livestreamed reading and discussion event on 23 May, with in-person launch events in Dublin and Wicklow on 25 & 26 May and in London on 15 June 2023.  For details, see her events page here

The Morning Show, East Coast FM, Thursday 25 May 2023, 10am-12pm

Jane Clarke was interviewed live in the studio by Declan Meehan on East Coast FM’s The Morning Show on publication day, 25 May.  During this ten-minute interview, Jane spoke about moving to Glenmalure nearly thirty years ago, and about how she has been inspired to write by the nature, heritage and people of Co Wicklow. She also spoke starting to write poetry in her forties, and about the long process of refining a poem from its first draft to its final form.

Jane read and introduced her poem ‘Recipe for a bog’ from A Change in the Air – one of the poems from a sequence set in Co Wicklow.

Listen again is available until 2 June 2023. Choose: Thursday 10am and forward to 32:35.



CountryWide, RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 27 May 2023, 8.10-9am

Jane Clarke recorded her poem ‘Butter for Queens’ from A Change in the Air especially for RTÉ Radio 1's CountryWide.  It aired on 27 May and is now available as a separate podcast.  Introduced by presenter Philip Boucher-Hayes.

Listen via the CountryWide webpages here.
Jane Clarke's interview on CountryWide on 29 April 2023 is still available (scroll down for more details). Her interview was divided between the two halves of the programme. Recorded at her home near Glenmalure and in the surrounding countryside.
Jane spoke about the mining heritage of Co Wicklow and read her poem 'Christmas Morning' from A Change in the Air. Listen here (from 14:10).
Jane Clarke was in conversation with Della Kilroy and read her poems 'The Key' and 'Stepping in'. Listen here (first item).

Bookanista, online Thursday 25 May 2023

Jane Clarke’s tender poems ‘Her first’ and ‘Wife’ from A Change in the Air were featured online at Bookanista to mark publication day on 25 May. 

Books Ireland, Poetry Happening, Wednesday 24 May 2023

A lovely film of Jane Clarke reading her poem ‘Dressing My Mother for Her Grandson’s Wedding’ from A Change in the Air was featured on Books Ireland to mark publication here (and below).


The Irish Times, Poem of the Week, Saturday 20 May 2023

Jane Clarke’s poem ‘All the horses she’s ever loved’ from her third collection A Change in the Air was featured as Poem of the Week in The Irish Times of 20 May ahead of publication on 25 May.

In print and online (view 3 articles for free).  Read the poem online in The Irish Times here.

CountryWide, RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 29 April 2023, 8.10-9am
Jane Clarke was interviewed for a special edition of RTE Radio 1's CountryWide on the rivers of Co Wicklow.  This was her first radio interview for her third collection A Change in the Air, which is out from Bloodaxe in the UK and Ireland on 25 May.
Jane’s interview sits in the middle of a programme about the Rivers of Wicklow - the Avoca, Aughrim, Avonmore (the location for her poem ‘Stepping in’) and the Avonbeg (where she lives).  Jane read three poems from A Change in the Air. She started by reading ‘Christmas Morning’ as part of a piece on mining in the Wicklow valleys. The previous interviewee, former miner Robbie Carter, was one of the people Jane interviewed for her BBC Radio 4 feature on The Miners’ Way of Co Wicklow (scroll down for more details on this). Some of the poems she wrote especially for that BBC Radio 4 feature are included in A Change in the Air in her sequence ‘Pit Ponies of Glendasan’.

For this edition of CountryWide, reporter Della Kilroy visited Jane at her home near Glenmalure, where Jane read her poem ‘The Key’ about moving into that house nearly thirty years ago.  They then took a walk into nearby woods, and Jane spoke about the flora and fauna of the area, as well as the changes in biodiversity that have taken place since since she moved to Co Wicklow. Jane read her poem ‘Stepping in’ beside the pool in the River Avonmore where she swims, as described in the poem.
Listen back via RTE Player.  The programme has been divided into two parts, and Jane Clarke featured at the end of the first part and beginning of the second.

Jane speaks about the mining heritage of Co Wicklow and reads her poem 'Christmas Morning' from A Change in the Air. Listen here (from 14:10).
Jane Clarke in conversation with Della Kilroy and reads her poems 'The Key' and 'Stepping in'. Listen here (first item).
Watch a video of Jane Clarke reading her poem 'Stepping in' beside the river Avonmore - filmed by RTE Radio 1's CountryWide and shared on RTE Radio 1's Twitter page here.
Jane read her poem 'Butter for Queens' from her new collection on CountryWide on 27 May 2023.  Listen here: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/22256325/

Rattle, Poem feature, #29, Spring 2023

Jane Clarke’s ‘After’, the first poem in her forthcoming third collection A Change in the Air, was featured in the spring issue of Rattle, as part of their Irish tribute issue. Audio of Jane reading the poem is included with the online edition.  Jane will also be recording an interview for Rattlecast ahead of US distribution of A Change in the Air in August 2023.
Read and listen to the poem on the Rattle website here.

Culture File Weekly, RTÉ Lyric FM, Saturday 3 December 2022, 6.30pm
Poet Jane Clarke joined photographer Tina Claffey, naturalist & writer Richard Nairn, and naturalist & writer Paddy Woodworth for a discussion about their favourite nature books as part of the Naturalist's Bookshelf series. Jane recommended Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain and Michael Longley’s new collection The Slain Birds.
A photograph of a marsh marigold by Tina Claffey features on the front cover of Jane’s forthcoming third collection A Change in the Air.  This happy coincidence was mentioned by the host in his introduction.

This lovely event was recorded live at the Dublin Book Festival in the National Botanic Gardens, and was broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM on 3 December 2022.  
Listen to the discussion via the RTE website here.

Nature Nights: Brother Sun, Sister Moon, RTÉ Radio 1, Wednesday 2 November 2022, 10.50-11pm

Jane Clarke read three poems on Brother Sun, Sister Moon, part of RTE Radio 1’s week-long series of late-night programmes on nature and biodiversity, Nature Nights.

Jane read her poems 'The Dipper' and ‘Shepherd’ from her forthcoming third collection A Change in the Air, and ‘Cypress’ from When the Tree Falls.

‘John Connell, poet Jane Clarke and environmental campaigner Lorna Gold read from their own work and classical writings on themes of nature and reflect on how the natural world has inspired artists since ancient times.’

Jane read ‘The Dipper’ at 00:54, ‘Shepherd’ at 02:07 and ‘Cypress’ at 05:13. Listen here.

Jane Clarke was Resident Poet for the Nature Nights series. Her poems were threaded into other programmes during the week.



CountryWide, RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday 29 October 2022, 8.10-9am
Ahead of her reading at the Burren Winterage Weekend, Jane Clarke was interviewed on a special edition of RTE Radio 1's CountryWide broadcast live from the Burren on 29 October. She read her new poem 'Laying the Hedge' (too recent to be included in her third collection A Change in the Air), and spoke to presenter Damien O'Reilly about how the landscapes of Co Roscommon, where she grew up on a farm, and Co Wicklow, where she lives now, have influenced her work as a writer. 
Jane's interview is available as a separate podcast here.



CountryWide, RTE Radio 1, Saturday 12 June 2021 & Saturday 6 November 2021, Saturday 8 January 2022,  Saturday 16 April 2022, 8.10-9am

Jane Clarke has recorded a number of poems for RTE Radio 1’s farming and rural life programme CountryWide.  The first of these, ‘Camping at Bearna’ from When the Tree Falls, was broadcast on 12 June 2021.  The poem was introduced by presenter Damien O’Reilly and ran as the final item in the programme. 

The second poem, ‘That I could’ from When the Tree Falls, aired on 6 November. Jane gave a very moving reading of her poem, which presenter Damien O'Reilly linked to the suffering of so many people during the pandemic.  ‘That I could’ was also featured as Poem of the Week in The Yorkshire Times of 12 October 2021. Read in full here.

Jane Clarke recorded her new poem ‘Fences’ especially for CountryWide.  It was broadcast near the end of the programme on 8 January 2022.  It is now included in her third collection A Change in the Air.

'Fences', 8 January 2022.  Listen here.

‘That I could’, 6 November 2021.  Listen here.

'Camping at Bearna', 12 June 2021. Listen here.

Jane has recorded her new poem ‘Eggs’ for CountryWide.  It was broadcast near the end of the programme on 16 April 2022 – Easter Saturday.  The poem is published in Jane’s third collection A Change in the Air

'Eggs', 16 April 2022.  Listen here.

Jane Clarke’s interview on CountryWide from 6 June 2020 is still available as a podcast. She took a walk with Ella McSweeney in the hills near her home in Glenmalure and spoke about what inspires her poetry.  Listen here.

Shelfmarks podcast, episode 3, online 24 October 2021

Jane Clarke was the guest on the Royal Irish Academy’s podcast Shelfmarks of 24 October. Zoë Comyns went to meet Jane at home in Co Wicklow in August 2021, and they spent the morning making this recording, and taking a walk.

Jane spoke about finding inspiration from the landscapes of Roscommon, Wicklow and the Mourne Mountains, and from the people who inhabit those landscapes both now and in the past.  She talked about how to Co Wicklow 25 years ago prompted her to start writing, and how ‘emotion, memory and imagination’ work together in her work.  Jane read her new poem ‘Flowers from the Hills’, written for her sick mother during the first lockdown when she was unable to visit her. The newly-commissioned poems she read were ‘When he was a boy’, about her shepherd neighbor, and another inspired by the stone masons who used to work in the Mourne Mountains. Her grandmother was from County Down.  ‘When he was a boy’ is now called ‘Shepherd’ and is published in Jane's third collection A Change in the Air.

‘Zoë’s guest this week on Shelfmarks is poet Jane Clarke. Jane grew up in Co Roscommon and came to writing after a career in psychotherapy. She moved to Wicklow almost 25 years ago and Zoë visited her there in her home and took a walk up a lane known as Fairy Lane or Lousy Land and listeners will hear two specially commissioned poems about her neighbour and quarrymen.’

Jane features from 7:50. Listen here.


Sunday Miscellany, RTE Radio 1, Sunday 12 September 2021, 9.10-10am

Jane Clarke read her new poem ‘The Lookout’ on Sunday Miscellany on 12 September.  This is the third of three new poems by Jane Clarke featured on the programme. 'The Lookout' is included in Jane's third collection A Change in the Air.        

Available as a podcast, illustrated with a portrait of Jane Clarke.  Listen here.

Still available:

Jane read her new love poem ‘22nd of June’ on Sunday Miscellany on 27 June 2021. Listen here.  This poem is now called 'June' and is the final poem in her third collection A Change in the Air,

Jane Clarke read her poem about Nora Barnacle on Sunday Miscellany’s Bloomsday special on 13 June 2021.‘Night Boat, North Wall Quay’ was a commission for the Bloomsday Festival in 2020.  Listen here.



Nationwide: Wicklow Mountains, RTE One TV, Friday 23 October 2020, 7pm

An interview with poet Jane Clarke opened RTE One’s Nationwide on 23 October 2020. This edition of the programme is devoted to things to see and do around the Wicklow Mountains, including the Miners’ Way long distance path. Former miner Robbie Carter told his story of the explosion in the last working mine at Glendasan, and Jane Clarke read her poem that he inspired – ‘Foxrock Mine’. They were both filmed on location at the disused mine.

'Foxrock Mine' was one of a sequence of new poems the Jane Clarke wrote especially for the BBC Radio 4 programme she presented in May 2020, The Miners’ Way, in which she walked the 19km path and interviewed people connected with the mine along the way: former miner Robbie Carter, as well as local historian Carmel O'Toole and sheep farmer Pat Dunne - also interviewed on Nationwide.   The 'Pit Ponies of Glendasan' sequence is published in Jane's third collection A Change in the Air,

Watch here.  First item

For more on Jane's sequence of poems about the disused mines of Co Wicklow, and the Radio 4 programme she presented, see: https://www.bloodaxebooks.com/news?articleid=1025

Shine: A Summer Concert, RTE One TV, 8.15pm, Saturday 29 August 2020, RTE Radio 1, Sunday 30 August, 6pm

RTE commissioned Jane Clarke to write a new poem for a special concert to support artists during this time of Covid-19. It was broadcast on RTE television on 29 August 2020. Irish/Sierra Leonean ArtSoul musician & actress Loah read Jane’s poem ‘Little Tern Colony, Kilcoole’ (now published in A Change in the Air, 2023).  The concert was broadcast on RTE Radio the following day.  It was RTE's pick of the day on 29 August. This hour of music and words filmed at the Iveagh Gardens, the National Concert Hall and at RTÉ over the summer.  Threaded throughout, there is powerful commissioned spoken word and poetry from John Boyne, Jane Clarke and others.

A video of Loah reading the poem can be seen via RTE One’s facebook page here.
A film of Jane Clarke herself reading the poem was made by RTE for Illuminations.  View here. You can also read the poem and Jane's introduction to it.
Jane reads her poem 'Little Tern Colony, Kilcoole' as part of RTE's major online exhibition exploring the impact of Covid-19. Illuminations, an online gallery of 30 works, features visual art, photography, film, music, poetry, essays and spoken word.  The poem is published in her third collection A Change in the Air.
'Illuminations' - an RTE project.

RTE have photographed the artists taking part in the shine concert for a digital gallery. Jane was invited to go to Dublin at the end of August 2020 to be filmed reading her new poem ‘Little Tern Colony, Kilcoole’.  The digital gallery accompanying Jane's poem features a stunning photographic portrait of Jane, the text of the poem, her introduction to it, and a film of her reading it.
View here.


The Poetry Programme: Poems in a Pandemic, RTE Radio 1, Monday 1 June 2020, 1.30pm

Jane Clarke and Kerry Hardie both read new poems on this very moving special edition of The Poetry Programme broadcast on Ireland’s Bank Holiday, 1 June.

Both poems were written in April, 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.

Jane Clarke’s poem ‘First Earlies’ was written in Glenmalure on 21 April 2020.  It is now published in her third collection A Change in the Air.  

‘On Bank Holiday Monday, at 1:30 pm on 1st June, Olivia O'Leary presents a selection of poems from poets responding to the Covid 19 crisis in Poems in a Pandemic: a Poetry Programme Special.’

Kerry features at 15:09 and Jane at 22:58.  Listen via The Poetry Programme's webpages here


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. 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', followed by a clip from the end of the programme.
The sequence of poems Jane wrote for The Miners' Way, 'Pit Pones of Glendason', is published in her third collection A Change in the Air in May 2023.         

The Miners' Way
is no longer available to listen to, but details are here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000htr0


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 The Miners' Way.  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.

[26 April 2023]

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