Upcoming Readings

Jane will read alongside Indian poet Ranjit Hoskote and Hong Kong poet Mary Jean Chan at the online Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Festival of Poetry, Saturday 28th November 6pm.  The festival will feature 36 poets from fifteen countries, 26 - 29 November 2020.

Previous Readings

Jane joined James Rebanks (The Shepherd's Life English Pastoral) online at the Burren Beo Trust Winterage Weekend on Wednesday 21 October at 8pm. Jane read from her two collections and spoke about how growing up on a farm inspired her poetry. The event was recorded and is available here.  

Jane read poetry and talked about poetry of place with poets Keith Payne and Judy O'Kane at the 2020 Red Line Book Festival. You can watch the reading and discussion here.

Jane reads her Miners' Way sequence of poems in this podcast developed by Wicklow Arts Office. The seven poems were written in response to the lives of miners in Co. Wicklow from the 1800s up to the 1950s. This 16 minute reading was recorded on location in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. You can download the reading & the accompanying map to your mobile device and listen to the poems as you walk this section of The Miners' Way alongside Glendalough Upper Lake to The Miner's Village. 

Jane gave a reading on 18 September, Culture Night 2020 as part of a unique outdoors event. She and the historian Joan Kavanagh led a 5 km walk from the Upper Lake Car Park at Glendalough to the Miners' Village. Joan spoke about the mining history and Jane read poems inspired by the lives of the miners. 

Jane gave a reading from her home as part of the Inside Writing digital poetry festival organised by Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts in lieu of the annual Newcastle Poetry Festival. Her readings were shared online during the week of 15-19 June 2020. She read and introduced poems from When the Tree Falls: 'He stood at the top of the stairs', 'I've got you' and 'The trouble'. You can watch her reading here.

She went on to read two new poems, 'April Wake' and 'First Earlies'. The poems are included on Machester Writing School's WRITE where we are NOW website, which gathers together poems written in response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the poems here and here.

Jane read a new poem, 'Night Boat, North Wall Quay' for the Bloomsday Festival 2020, 16 June. Commissioned by the James Joyce Centre, the poem celebrates Nora Barnacle.

Jane read two poems and chatted with Siobhan McMahon in Part 1 of a series of programmes from East Leeds FM in conjunction with the Irish Music Foundation: Tuesday 2 June 6.30 - 7.30pm

Black Tea & Birdsong: Jane chatted to Dani Gill & read poems from When the Tree Falls in an episode from the LIVE Network, aired on 29 May 2020. The reading was sponsored by Roscommon Arts Centre. 

Jane introduced & read a new poem, 'First Earlies' for the RTE Poetry Programme, "Poetry in a Pandemic" on Monday 1 June, 1.30-2pm. It's part of her sequence of Poems from the Uplands, funded by the Arts Council Covid-19 Response Award.

Jane read 'Cattle Stick' from When the Tree Falls for Poetry File on Saturday Weekend Drive with Evelyn Grant on RTE Lyric FM, 30 May 2020.

Jane gave a YouTube LIVE reading from her home in Glenmalure on Saturday 25 April. It was organised by the Holding Cell and is now available here on Jane's YouTube channel.

Jane read a new sequence of poems inspired by the natural & cultural heritage of Wicklow in 'The Miners' Way', which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 3rd May, 16.30 & repeated Saturday 9th May, 23.30. She also read 'Birthing the Lamb' from her second collection When the Tree Falls, Bloodaxe Books 2019

Sadly all other readings in April, May, June & July 2020 have been cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 public health crisis. These events included Cork International Poetry Festival; Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival; Ty Newydd Writing Centre, Wales; Strokestown International Poetry Festival; Coolock & Walkinstown Public Libraries, Dublin; Rural Writing Institute, Cumbria; Emma's Dell, Grasmere, Cumbria; Hecho, Spain; Bailieborough, Co. Cavan.

Heinrich Böll Residency: Jane will have a writing residency in the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island from 22 August - 5 September 2020.

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