Welcome to Jane Clarke's Poetry website


Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane now lives near Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. She is shortlisted for the 2016 Ondaatje Literary Award and has won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. She also won the 2014 Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Collection Award, the 2014 Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition, the inaugural Poems for Patience, 2013; Listowel Writers' Week (2007) and the iYeats (2010) and was shortlisted for the 2013 & 2014 Hennessy Literary Awards.

She has had poems published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Poetry Ireland Review, New Hibernia Review, Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, Acumen, Agenda, Abridged, The North, The Rialto, Ambit, One, Poetry Wales, Mslexia, The Compass Magazine, High Windows Journal, Envoi, Southword, THE SHOp, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Crannog, The Irish Literary Review, The Stony Thursday Book, Skylight 47, The Interpreter's House, The Galway Review, Revival, Roscommon Herald and Leitrim Observer. She has also had poems broadcast on RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany, Arena and the Poetry Programme.


Jane’s poems have a two-fold quality of tenderness – not simply their affectionate respect for people and for ways of life, but also the courage to go close to the raw places, facing the grief and unease which comes from loving what can be or already has been lost.

- Philip Gross, Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009

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Jane Clarke won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry with three poems from The River, 'For Isobel', 'The Blue Bible' and 'Every Tree'. Poet and novelist, Paul Perry gave the judges' commentary: "The winner emerged with a clarity, a hard-earned singularity - a quiet modest voice, one which has an integrity of the lived life to it - neither showy, nor glib, no tricks, or easy punch-lines - but a definite and respectful sense of tradition. Fine detail marked these poems out, 'the fishtail chisel with its shallow sweep', 'the fiddleback grain'. Here are poems of memory, of childhood and affection, written with lyrical grace, finesse and elegance."

The River is shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2016, for "a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place."


Jane will be reading in Dublin in June and in the USA in October:

Stacatto, Toners Pub, 139 Baggot Street, D2 at 7.30pm June 29, 2016.

Solas Nua, Washington DC and Los Gatos Listowel Writers' Festival, California in October 6-10th, 2016.


Jane is the featured poet with seven new poems in the current issue of The New Hibernia Review.

Jane has two new poems & an interview in the current special issue of Poetry Ireland Review: The Rising Generation.

The River is the featured collection in the current edition of Resurgence and Ecologist magazine.

A poem from The River is included in a new collection of essays about Yeats, published by Lilliput Press & edited by Declan Foley: Yeats 150.