The US based Daily Poetry App Poesie will feature Jane's work during the week of June 21-22. She will have an online reading and discussion of her work with the book club members on 27 June at 6pm IST.

In May 2021 Jane was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursary for the development and completion of her third poetry collection.

in Jane reads 'Birthing the Lamb' (When the Tree Falls, Bloodaxe 2019) in the spring episode of The Shaking Bog podcast - "a reflection & reading that beautifully sets the scene for spring" - Catherine Nunes.

Jane read her commissioned poem, 'Passage' in a new film Bealach an Fhéir Gortaigh, Hunger's Way by Vincent Woods & Edwina Guckian. It was broadcast in the Strokestown Poetry Festival on 1 & 2 May 2021. 

As part of the online Strokestown Poetry Festival 2021 Jane ran a six-week poetry writing course from 24 March - 28 April. Jane presented an online reading by the ten participating poets "New Voices" on 1 May 2021. 

For Poetry Day Ireland, 29 April 2021, Jane paid tribute to and read Eva Gore-Booth's poem 'The Travellers'. Bob Gallagher filmed the reading in the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. 

The Gaiety School of Acting performed Jane's poem 'Ballybeg' in one of two poetry playlists especially created for Poetry Day Ireland 2021.

The National Library of Ireland featured 'Birthing the Lamb" from When the Tree Falls, Bloodaxe 2019 on 18 April 2021.

On 27 March 2021 The Dublin Shakespeare Society presented a selection of poetry & drama by Irish women, including 'Honey' from Jane's first collection, The River.

Jane was guest speaker at Kathryn Aalto's online course, An Introduction to Nature Writing - Sunday 21st February.

"Her creative project was the restoration of the unofficial past, giving memory and story legitimacy that is denied in the controlled and controlling "official past" called history" - from Jane's essay in honour of Eavan Boland, in response to an invitation by the US poet & novelist Adrian Koesters. The essay is available here.

To celebrate St. Brigid's Day the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston hosted a performance by The Here Comes Everyone Players, including Jane's poem, 'Spawn' - 1st February 2021 at 7pm EST.

One of Jane's new poems features in Days of Clear Light  (Salmon Poetry 2021)a Festschrift to celebrate Jessie Lendennie and 40 years of Salmon Poetry, edited by Nessa O'Mahony & Alan Hayes.

Jane also has a new poem in Empty House (Doire Press 2021), a climate change anthology edited by Alice Kinsella & Nessa O'Mahony. 


Jane reads 'When the Tree Falls', the title poem of her second collection (Bloodaxe Books 2019) in this new film, Glenmalure - A Valley of Memories. She also reads 'Christmas Morning', a poem inspired by the mining heritage of Glenmalure. Sponsored by Wicklow County Council, Our Wicklow Heritage & Local Authority Waters Programme, the film celebrates the rich environmental and cultural heritage of the Avoca River catchment in Co. Wicklow.

To mark the role of poetry in helping us through the pandemic Jane curated The Twelve Days of Christmas Poems for Roscommon Arts Centre. She invited eleven other poets to read a Christmas poem they love and one of their own poems. The poems were streamed via Roscommon Arts Centre facebook page every evening at 7pm from 25 December to 5 January 2021. Paula Meehan opened the programme on Christmas Day.

On RTE One Nationwide, 23 October Jane spoke about the mining heritage of Co. Wicklow and read a poem 'Foxrock Mine' from her sequence, The Miners' Way. This poem was inspired by the miner Robbie Carter, who was also filmed on location by the mine. You can watch the programme here.

The Mary Evans Picture Library Poems and Pictures features Jane's poem 'Pit Ponies of Glendasan' with an 1871 engraving of pit ponies in a coal mine, 4 December. This poem is part of Jane's sequence of poems inspired by the mining heritage of Co. Wicklow.

Jane was guest editor with editor Gerry Boland of the new Roscommon Broadsheet of poetry, short fiction and song lyrics. Produced by Roscommon County Council Arts Office, the broadsheet was published and distributed through the Roscommon Herald on 17 November 2020.

The Blue Nib literary journal invited Jane to write about writing. Here's the link to her piece about poetry of place, published on 13 November 2020.

To mark the publication of the new Bloodaxe Books anthology Staying Human the Birmingham Literature Festival recorded and broadcast a poem a day from the anthology through October. Here is Naomi Paul reading Jane's poem 'The Trouble'.  

Jane's poem inspired by Nora Barnacle & commissioned by the James Joyce Centre, 'Night Boat, North Wall Quay' featured in Women's Voices in Modern Irish Poetry presented by The Here Comes Everyone Players in Boston on 12 November 2020 via Zoom at 7pm EST.  The programme also featured poems by Mary O'Donnell, Sinéad Morrissey, Máire Mhac An tSaoi, Leontia Flynn and Nuala Ní Dhomhaill.

A new poem, 'Flowers from the Hills', is included in the Munster Literature Centre Anthology Poems from Pandemia, edited by Patrick Cotter.

Jane is teaching an online poetry course for the West Cork Literary Festival from Wednesday 28 October to Wednesday 16 December. Eight once-weekly sessions will explore how to write moving and memorable poems, focusing on language, imagery, form, rhyme, rhythm, drafting, perspective & motivation. Details and bookings here.

'Vows' & 'Who owns the field?' from The River and 'The Trouble' & 'Hers' from When the Tree Falls are included in the new anthology, Staying Human (Bloodaxe Books, 2020).

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.

Copper Soles' from Jane's second collection When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2019) is one of the highly commended poems in the Forward Book of Poetry 2021, a "selection of the best poetry published in the UK and Ireland in 2020."

Jane introduced the Roundwood Historical Society Journal 2020 and read her poem, 'Pit Ponies of Glendasan' for this year's online launch.

The title poem of When the Tree Falls features in a new book Wild Woods (Gill Books 2020) by ecologist Richard Nairn, in which he tells the story of the restoration of a native woodland in Co. Wicklow.

Kathleen Watkins includes Jane's new poem, 'Given' among her selection of favourite poems in a new anthology, One for Everyone (Gill Books, 2020). 

'Vows' from Jane's debut collection The River (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) features in NB literary magazine, Issue 105, Autumn 2020. 

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.

'Pit Ponies of Glendasan' from Jane's sequence of poems inspired by the history of mining in Co. Wicklow features in the Roundwood & District Historical, Folklore & Archeological Society Journal No. 29, 2020.

Jane will talk about language as part of The Friendly Little Writing School at 8pm on 26 October 2020 with bestselling authors James Rebanks & Kathryn Aalto. More details here.

A poetry film by Oliver Fallen Bailey, featuring Jane's new poem 'The Key' & music from Eamon Sweeny, has been shortlisted for the Ó Bhéal Poetry-Film Competition 2020. Here's the poetry film on YouTube. All the shortlisted films will be streamed online on Sunday 29 November at Ó Bhéal's 8th Winter Warmer Poetry Festival, via Vimeo Livestream. Jane will also give a reading at this year's Winter Warmer Poetry Festival.

Kathryn Aalto includes Jane's work in Writing Wild, Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World, (Timber Press 2020). "Finely crafted images of natural life - drystone walls, Rhode Island Red chickens, the smell of burnt barley - are a backdrop in The River to convey the beauty and brutality of farming, the memories or parents, and the life of land and animals." 

Tom D'Evelyn, editor & writing tutor, writes a thoughtful, moving piece here about 'Gone', a poem from When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books 2019). In the context of  our fear of death and living with its inevitability, D'Evelyn writes "Gone is a brilliantly composed lyric, fully engaged with the lyric narrative... You can trust Clarke's 'Gone' to be a faithful companion on the way."

In August 2020 Wicklow Arts Office made an on-location recording of Jane reading her Miners' Way poems. The seven-poem sequence was inspired by the lives of miners in Co. Wicklow. You can listen to it here or you can download the podcast & accompanying map to your mobile device and listen to it as you walk the section of The Miners' Way walking trail along Glendalough Upper Lake to the Miners' Village. 

Jane had a writing residency in the Heinrich Böll Cottage on Achill Island from 22 August to 5 September 2020.

RTE One commissioned Jane to write a poem for Shine, a special summer concert on Saturday 29 August 2020. Loah read Jane's poem 'Little Tern Colony, Kilcoole' in the concert and it was repeated on RTE Radio 1 on Sunday 30 August. RTE is developing a digital gallery for Shine which will include a film of Jane reading her poem in the atmospheric Rathfarnham Castle. 

The James Joyce Centre in Dublin commissioned Jane to write a poem for Bloomsday 2020. You can watch her read her poem honouring Nora Barnacle here.

Solas Nua (promoting Irish contemporary arts in the US) discussed When the Tree Falls at the first zoom meeting of their new Poetry Group, Monday 15 June, 6.30 - 8 pmThe group will meet once a month to read & consider the work of a contemporary Irish poet.

You can watch Jane here, speaking about and reading from When the Tree Falls for the Inside Writing digital poetry festival. She also gave a writing prompt. The festival was organised by Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts in lieu of the annual Newcastle Poetry Festival. 

Jane was interviewed on RTE Radio 1's farming and rural life programme Countrywide on 6 June. She spoke to Ella McSweeney about how growing up on a farm in Co. Roscommon influenced her writing. She read 'Daily Bread' from her first collection The River  and 'First Earlies' from her second collection, When the Tree Falls. You can listen to the 7 minute interview here.

Jane presented 'The Miners' Way' a poetry programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 3rd May, 16.30 & repeated Saturday 9th May, 23.30. She read a new sequence of poems inspired by the natural & cultural heritage of Wicklow as well as 'Birthing the Lamb' from her second collection with Bloodaxe Books When the Tree Falls. The programme also featured in Antonia Quirke's Pick of the Week for BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 3rd May.

Jane's second collection with Bloodaxe Books When the Tree Falls was shortlisted for the Pigott Poetry Prize, Listowel Writers' Week 2020. The adjudicator Ian McMillan commented, "The central sequence in the book is about the death of her father, and it's handled with such care, such compassion, such love, such avoidance of cliché, such a desire to refresh the language and make it sing; and that thing where the more personal you get, the more universal you get - that's what Jane does...Great poems of loss, of love and of noticing...

When the Tree Falls was also shortlisted for the other two Irish poetry prizes, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2020 and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020, as well as being longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize 2020, given for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place. Jane's debut collection with Bloodaxe Books The River was the first poetry collection to be shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize back in 2016. 

Seán Rocks interviewed Jane about her recent collection When the Tree Falls on Arena RTE Radio 1 Tuesday 19 May. You can listen to the interview here. She read poems from the collection and a new poem 'The Key'.

Jane has two poems featured on the WRITE where we are NOW initiative from Carol Ann Duffy & the Manchester Writing School.  The poems are organised by date; 'April Wake' is on 19 April & 'First Earlies' is on 21 April. Both poems are part of a new sequence 'Poems from the Uplands', Jane's project for the Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Bursary Award. Jane introduced and read 'First Earlies' for the RTE Poetry Programme, "Poetry in a Pandemic" on Monday 1 June.  

'The Ringer' from Jane's first collection, The River, is featured in the new Bloodaxe Books Poetry App which can be downloaded free from the usual outlets. Read, listen and watch Jane and many other poets on this app developed by Newcastle University in conjunction with Bloodaxe.

Jane gave a YouTube LIVE reading from her home in Glenmalure on Saturday 25 April. It is now available here on Jane's YouTube channel.

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

In May 2020 Jane was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Crisis Response Award to write a new sequence of poems over the coming months.

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 paid tribute to Eavan Boland in an interview with Declan Meehan on The Morning Show East Coast FM, Tuesday 29 April 2020.

Jane adjudicated the Roscommon Arts Centre Children's Poetry Prize for Poetry Day Ireland, 30 April 2020. The ten winning poets are featured here.

Solas Nua, the Irish contemporary arts organisation based in Washington DC, invited Jane to record her poem 'When all this is over', as a poem for our current crisis. It first appeared in All the Way Home, her illustrated sequence of poems written in response to a First World War family archive held in the Mary Evans Picture Library. Listen to the poem here

The River Jane's debut collection is translated into Romanian here by Alexandra Costache, University of Bucharest.

In the March - April issue of PN Review Sue Leigh reviews Jane's second collection When the Tree Falls - "Loss is never far away in her work but neither is delight - in the natural world, people, the particular quality of a place. She writes with clarity, spareness and lyrical intensity."

Jane introduces and reads three poems from When the Tree Falls in Morning, Noon and Night, a three-part Lyric Feature series on RTE Lyric FM.

'Pit Ponies of Glendasan' a poem from Jane's new sequence of poems about the mining heritage in Co Wicklow is featured in this Words Lightly Spoken podcast.

the river held our stories, it was where / we'd go to talk or cry or be quiet  / in the company of the current. These lines from 'The Suck', a poem in Jane's first collection The River feature in the Ballinasloe sphere, a piece of public art to mark Galway European Capital of Culture 2020. Photographs of the spheres can be seen here on the Galway 2020 website.

Jane reads 'The Pianist', a poem from her chapbook All the Way Home, in pianist Guy Livingston's documentary about his quest for silence in music: The Silence In Between Sunday 19 April, The Lyric Feature, RTE Lyric FM.

'The trouble', a poem from When the Tree Falls is featured in the March issue of The Simple Things magazine.

Jane gave her first Zoom reading alongside Irish poets Jessica Traynor and Rosamund Taylor on 4 April, 2020. The reading to an American & Irish audience was hosted by Jacar Press. She also gave a Zoom reading to the Poetry Group in Hingham, Massachusetts, USA on 15 April, 2020. 

Jane's readings at the Cork International Poetry Festival & Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her readings scheduled for May at the Strokestown Poetry Festival, the Ty Newydd Writing Centre Wales and in Coolock Library & Walkinstown Library were postponed.  

Jane read with Catherine Anne Cullen at an International Women's Day celebration in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow on 6 March 2020.

Jane gave a reading from When the Tree Falls in Wexford Library on 20 February 2020.

Poet Eithne Hand and Jane gave a reading, accompanied by local musicians in  Rathdangan, Co. Wickow, 25 January.

Jane's first reading of 2020 was with poets Julie Morrissey and Grace Wilentz in the Lexicon Library, Dun Laoghaire, 16 January. 


Novelist Anne Enright chose When the Tree Falls as one of her books of the year: "The Irish poet Jane Clarke has followed a great debut with an even better second book. When the Tree Falls talks about her farming father in his last years. it delivers a clean, hard-earned simplicity and a lovely sense of line." Irish Times, 30 November 2019.

Poet Jessica Traynor chose When the Tree Falls as one of her poetry books of the year on the RTE Radio 1 Arts Show, Arena, 20 December 2019: "Jane Clarke is a really extraordinary poet. This is only her second collection, but this is a timeless voice. She's a poet who blends the contemporary with a great sense of the ancient and the rural... When the Tree Falls is focused very much around the death of her father, but it's an incredibly celebratory collection that looks at the nuts and bolts of the actual life on a farm in Roscommon. She finds such beauty in it with such simplicity of language. There's no sentimentality, no ornamentation; every word is incredibly honed and carries a really deep emotional weight."

Welsh poet Tony Curtis chose When the Tree Falls as his poetry book of the year in Poetry Wales, 17 December 2019: "When the Tree Falls confirms Jane Clarke's position as one of the most rewarding poets in these islands: she knows how to cut a line, how to shape words to the right instrument and then to make that thing sing." 

Poet Martina Evans reviews When the Tree Falls  in the Irish Times, 16 November 2019: "Her observation of nature is...precise, her poems are the bone. Clarke knows exactly how much to withhold so that the understated artful phrases echo eloquently across the white spaces of the unsaid."

'When winter comes' from When the Tree Falls was Poem of the Week in The Guardian, 7 October 2019, with an in-depth reading by Carol Rumens.When the Tree Falls is reviewed by David Cooke in the NORTH, Issue 63 January, 2020: "Jane Clarke's poems have an epic simplicity, a seeming artlessness that is shaped by the natural instincts of a true poet."

Poems from The River and When the Tree Falls are featured on Poethead, 15 December 2019

When the Tree Falls is recommended reading in this discussion of nature writing with Jay Armstrong (Elementum Journal) & Juliet Blaxland in this Slightly Foxed podcast:

Poet Aoife Lyall writes a moving and thoughtful review of When the Tree Falls, 11 December 2019.

Spanish translator Enrique Alda translates and reads four poems from The River on Fonoteca Poesia, 4 December 2019.

Books Upstairs Sunday Sessions: Jane gave a reading with Katie Donovan and Maureen Boyle in Books Upstairs on 8 December 2019.

Poetry by the Weir: Jane gave a reading from When the Tree Falls in Osta Café, Sligo on 29 November. Shirley McClure's family and friends read from the late poet's Origami Doll, New & Collected Poems (Arlen House 2019)

Give Sorrow Words - Jane gave a reading and led a discussion about the resonances between poetry and psychoanalysis at the Irish Group Analytic Society Study Day in Dublin on 23 November.

With music and song from Sonamus, a string quintet and Sharon Carty (soprano) Jane read poems from The River, All the Way Home and When the Tree Falls in Rathfarnham Castle on 21 November to mark 100 years of the Irish Republic.

Jane read alongside Julia Copus at the Woodstock Poetry Festival on 16 November followed by a reading on 20 November in The Writers Centre, Goldsmiths University of London. Blake Morrison, author and Professor of Creative Writing, interviewed Jane and Anne-Marie Fyfe on the theme of poetry, memoir and the landscape of home.

Solas Nua sponsored Jane's US tour from 23 October to 2 November with her new publications, When the Tree Falls All the Way Home. She gave readings in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, Washington DC, NYU (DC Campus), Catholic University, DC and at the Irish Embassy, DC. She also gave writing workshops in Friends Meeting, DC and DC Scores. She had a public interview with Ron Charles of the Washington Post and Grace Cavalieri interviewed her for the Library of Congress's The Poet and The Poem series. Her final reading in the US was in PoetryFestat the Irish Arts Centre, New York.  

When the Tree Falls was Book of the Week on the Elementum Journal of Nature Writing for the week from 28 October.

'Camping at Bearna' from When the Tree Falls  was Poem of the Week in the Irish Times on 12 October 2019.

When the Tree Falls , Jane's second collection with Bloodaxe Books, was launched in Hodges Figgis, Dublin on 26 September and in Bridge Street Books, Wicklow on 27 September. Professor Nick Grene gave an introduction to the collection at the Dublin launch. 

A review of When the Tree Falls and an interview with Jane is featured here in the inaugural issue of THE POET magazine.

All the Way Homean illustrated sequence of poems responding to a family archive of WWI photographs and letters was published by Smith|Doorstop in April 2019, in collaboration with the Mary Evans Picture Library. All the Way Home has received highly favourable reviews in Dublin Review of BooksThe Yorkshire Times, Sphinx Reviews and Crossways Literary Magazine. 

'Swim', a poem from Jane's second collection, When the Tree Fallsis filmed here as part of a series of films about the river Liffey.

In this episode of the Words Lightly Spoken podcast Jane introduces and reads a poem from When the Tree Falls.

Jane's poem 'Cut' is published in Future Perfect, an anthology of winning poems from the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition, edited by Mary Shine Thompson.

Jane joined poets, Geraldine Mitchell & Katie Donovan, and musicians, Cormac Breatnach & Eamon Sweeney, in a fund-raising concert for Blackrock Hospice, 12 October 2019. The evening celebrated the poetry of the late Shirley McClure and explored the role of creativity in health and illness.

Jane performed alongside novelist Donal Ryan at Nenagh Arts Centre, 5 October, as part of the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival 2020. She also gave a poetry workshop and a reading with poet Geraldine Mitchell from Shirley McClure's Origami Doll, New & Collected Poems (Arlen House 2019).

In an intimate evening of poetry and music Jane read from When the Tree Falls and All the Way Home alongside Eamon Sweeney on guitar and Cormac Breatnach on low whistle at the Music Under the Mountains Festival, 20 September in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow.

Jane gave her first reading from her second collection When the Tree Falls in Roscommon on Saturday 14 September.

'Who owns the field?'  from The River features alongside poems by Mary Oliver, Margaret Atwood and Alice Oswald in the August 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar. The feature will be reprinted in the Korea edition of Harper's Bazaar. 

Poetry as Life Force - Jane's article about editing Origami Doll, New & Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House, 2019) featured in the Irish Times on 2 May 2019.

In early May 2019 the US World War One Centennial Commission WWrite Blog featured Jane's reflection on writing All the Way Home.

Jane gave a reading from All the Way Home and facilitated a poetry workshop at the Boyle Arts Festival, July 2019.

Katie Donovan and Jane presented Origami Doll, New & Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House, 2019) at the inaugural Shaking Bog Nature Writing Festival, June 2019.

Jane gave a reading from All the Way Home in Wexford Library, 13 June 2019.

The Irish issue of The North, guest-edited by Nessa O'Mahony & Jane, was launched at the Belfast Book Festival with readings from many contributing poets, 9 June 2019.

Jane read her poem, 'Fox Rock Mine' at the launch of The Miners' Way (a 19km walking trail) in Glendasan & Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow, 7 June 2019. 

Jane gave a reading from All the Way Home and launched Origami Doll, New & Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House, 2019) at Listowel Writers' Week, May 2019

With music from Sonamus and the Londubh String Quartet, Jane read poems in a special concert to mark the centenary year of the Irish Republic in Ashford, May 2019. 

Origami Doll, New & Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House 2019), edited by Jane Clarke, was launched in Dublin, Kilkenny College & Listowel Writers' Week, May 2019.

The title poem of Jane's debut collection, The River,  was featured on BBC 3 Words and Music, 13 May.

On 10 May Jane gave a reading in the United Arts Club, Dublin which was established in 1907 by W.B. Yeats Lady Gregory and Countess Markievicz et al.

Jane was delighted to introduce her former tutor, the Welsh poet Gillian Clarke, as well as Amanda Bell and Jane Robinson at the Strokestown Poetry Festival 4 May, 2019.

Jane gave a reading in Blessington Library for Poetry Day Ireland on 2 May and at the Listeners, Rathfarnham on 29 April, 2019.

Poetry as Life Force - Jane's article about editing Origami Doll, New & Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House 2019) featured in The Irish Times on 2 May.

The US World War One Centennial Commission WWrite Blog featured Jane's reflection on writing All the Way Home1 May.

Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books) visited Glenmalure in April to film Jane reading twelve poems from When the Tree Falls. He also filmed Jane reading six poems from The River. 

All the Way Home was launched in Manchester on 17 April and Blake Morrison, poet & memoirist, launched it in London on 9 April. Culture Ireland supported readings at both events. 

Lucy Collins, Professor of English UCD, launched All the Way Home in Poetry Ireland on 4 April 2019.

On 8th March Jane read alongside Jo Shapcott at the International Women's Day celebrations in Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Jane gave a reading to students and teachers, past and present, in St. Dominic's Grammar School, Belfast on 27 February 2019.

The Irish issue of the prestigious UK poetry journal, The North, guest-edited by Jane and Nessa O'Mahony, was launched in London on 25 February and in Dublin on 24 January, kindly hosted by the Irish Literary Society and Poetry Ireland.

Jane gave a reading and responded to student questions at the Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College, Dublin on 12 February. 


'Who owns the field', from Jane's debut collection, The River, is featured in Issue 6 of the Australian literary journal, Other Terrain.

Olivia O'Leary interviewed Jane about All the Way Home on The Poetry Programme, 4 November 2018. You can hear the interview, including Jane reading three poems from the sequence, here.

Jane and Nessa O'Mahony guest edited the Irish issue of The North, one of the best loved UK poetry journals. 

'On the boat', from Jane's debut collection, The River, is featured in Issue 6 of the Australian journal, Backstory.

Poems from The River will be translated into Romanian as part of a Bloodaxe collaboration with the MA Programme for the Translation of Contemporary Literary Texts (MTTLC) at the University of Bucharest.

Two poems from The River are featured in an anthology of contemporary writing, New Roscommon Writing 2014-2019, published by Roscommon County Council.

Poetry Ireland invited Jane and Blake Morrison to discuss memoir and poetry and to read from their work in the James Joyce Centre, Dublin on 13 November 2018.

Jane performed poems from All the Way Home with Eamon Sweeney (guitars) & Cormac Breatnach (susato whistle) at the Kilbride Music Festival, 9 November 2018.

Jane read a poem from the forthcoming All the Way Home in an event commemorating Irish WW1 casualties - St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, 1 November 2018.

All Saints National School, Mullingar invited Jane to facilitate a WW1 poetry reading and writing workshop on 17 October with 5th & 6th classes. The workshop was supported by Westmeath County Council.

Jane launched Ron Carey's collection, Running Down the Sun on 23 November, Jessica Traynor's collection, The Quick and Doireann Ní Ghríofa's collection, Lies, on 30 October and Breda Wall Ryan's collection, Raven Mothers, on 11 October 2018

As part of the Dublin Festival of History, Jane gave a talk about WW1 poetry and read from her forthcoming collection, All the Way Home, in Richmond Barracks, 3 October, 2018. In advance of the event she was interviewed on Arena, RTE Radio 1. Here is a YouTube clip from the interview and the interview in full.

Jane facilitated a poetry masterclass, 'Revisiting the Line' in the Irish Writers' Centre in October 2018.

For Culture Night 2018, Jane performed the Poetry & Music of Wicklow with Eamon Sweeney (guitars) and James Mahon (uilleann pipes) in Bridge Street Books and at the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland event in Dublin.

Jane was featured in an article about writing in the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine, 8 September, 2018.

As part of Heritage Week 2018, Eamon Sweeney (guitars), Cormac Breatnach (susato whistle), James Mahon (uilleann pipes) and Jane gave a series of performances in Bray, Tinahely and Hollywood; Music and Poetry of Wicklow.

In late August, Jane gave a reading alongside other authors from the anthology celebrating 250 years of Hodges Figgis bookshop, Reading the Future, New Writing from Ireland, Arlen House, 2018.

Tom D'Evelyn writes an appreciation of 'River at Dawn' from The River in his poetry & philosophy blog, 20 August 2018 - Form Matters

'Base Hospital, Boulogne', a poem from Jane's WWI sequence is featured on the Mary Evans Picture Library Blog, Poems & Pictures, 19 July, 2018.

One of the poems in Jane Clarke's World War One sequence was nominated by One Poetry Journal for the Best of Net US Awards, August 2018.

'Swan', a poem from Jane's forthcoming second collection with Bloodaxe Books is featured in a new anthology celebrating Patrick Kavanagh. The Lea-Green Down, edited by Eileen Casey and published by Fiery Arrow Press, was launched on 18 July, 2018.

Novelist & educator, Shauna Gilligan interviews Jane here about her forthcoming collection with Bloodaxe Books, When the Tree Falls.  

Jane gave a talk about writing poetry to the inaugural Lake District Summer School of Nature Writing, 30 June, 2018.

Journalist, Ronan McGreevy quoted from Jane's poem. "In Glasnevin" in his Irish Times article of 21 June, 2018 about the gay patriots who helped found the state.

Nessa O'Mahony interviews Jane and Geraldine Mitchell about poetry of place, nature and landscape in The Attic Sessions.

A new poem from Jane's WWI sequence is featured in the latest issue of One, a twice-yearly US poetry journal.

UCD Library Special Collections invited Jane to read eight poems for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive. All are published here on YouTube. 

Carlow Writers' Collective invited Jane to read at the Carlow Arts Festival, 10 June 2018.

Jane gave a reading alongside poet, Lemn Sissay and fiddler, Danny Diamond at the Strokestown Poetry Festival on 5 May 2018.

Jane gave a reading with poet, Michael Coady at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Galway on 24 April 2018.

The Herald Scotland featured two poems from The River, 'First Love' and 'Arctic Hare', 20 April 2018. POEM OF THE DAY is edited by Lesley Duncan. 

Near FM podcast from Monday 26th February where Jane reads a new poem, "Birthing the Lamb" and is interviewed about her work.

Poet, Ciarán O'Rourke interviews Jane here for his new website of Irish poets reflecting on their writing: Island's Edge, Poets on Poetry.

As part of Way with Words, a new Co. Wicklow literature festival, Jane facilitated a workshop to set up of new writing groups and hosted Moya Cannon's reading & an open mike in Arklow Library.

Jane judged the 2018 New Writing Poetry Prize for the Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

The Irish Times published a new poem of Jane's on 6 January 2018, "She pulls herself up." This poem is in memory of Jane's close friend, the poet, Shirley McClure. 

Hodges Figgis marked its 250th year anniversary with an anthology of new Irish writing. Jane has a poem in this extensive anthology, Reading the Future, New Writing from Ireland.

An anthology of new poems in response to Patrick Kavanagh will be published later in 2018. Jane wrote a poem, "swan", in response to Kavanagh's beautiful lyric, "Consider the Grass Growing".

In March 2018, Jane was the guest speakers at the Briena Staunton Practice of Writing Seminar in the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, Trinity College Dublin.

Clonmel Literary Arts Society invited Jane to give a reading and lead a discussion of her work in February 2018.


Katie Donovan, Siobhan Campbell and Jane gave a reading to a full house in The Rathgar Bookshop on Thursday 30 November.

The new anthology, Metamorphic, 21st century poets respond to Ovid, was launched in Poetry Ireland on 29 November, 2017. Jane wrote a poem for it responding to the Arachne and Minerva story, "Weave".

Jane took part in a panel discussion and reading with Paula Meehan, Stephen James Smith and Philip St. John in The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely on 10 November 2017.

Jane read at the Avondale Voices Concert in St. Saviour's Church, Rathdrum on 5 November 2017 in aid of Rathdrum Cancer Support.

Jane recorded her poem, "In Glasnevin", on 31 October, 2017, for the Richmond Barracks exhibition to commemorate the 77 women imprisoned there after the 1916 Rising. The poem was inspired by the lives of Elizabeth O'Farrell and Julia Grenan, who had leading roles in the Rising. 

"Every Tree", a poem from The River, was Poem of the Day in The Herald (Scotland), 14 October, 2017.

Roscommon Country Council organised a series of writer workshops in schools. Jane worked with 5th year students in Roscommon Community College, 16 November 2017.

The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíon awarded Jane a literature bursary in September 2017 for the completion of her second collection.

"The Ringer", a poem from The River, was Poem of the Day in The Herald (Scotland), 14 September, 2017.

Jane read one of her new poems, "Ploughing in Wexford" on Poetry File, now featured in Evelyn Grant's Weekend Drive, at 5.50 pm, Saturday 30 September.

Jane gave a reading with poet, Geraldine Mitchell at the Bray Literary Festival, 23 September 2017, during which Nessa O'Mahoney interviewed them on the theme of "Poetry & Landscape."

Jane facilitated a writing workshop and gave a reading with local poets in the Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo, 9 September, 2017.

Jane has four new poems in the Summer 2017 issue of the North. Issue 58 is available to order from

"A Poem, An Image" - Jane and fourteen other poets are invited by Roscommon County Council Arts Office to respond to one of the fifteen new artworks by Roscommon artists on display in the Civic Offices, August 2017. The poems will be displayed alongside the artworks in September 2017. Jane has written a poem in response to "Friendship" by Carol Wood.

Jane gave a reading with Rita Ann Higgins and Louis de Paor at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017. Here is a Ledbury Poetry Festival video of the reading.

A new poem, "Four Storeys Up", was Poem of the Week on the RTE website from June 30 - July 30, 2017

American poet, Teri Cross Davis, and Jane gave a reading in Poetry Ireland on 29 June 2017.

Numéro Cinq published a new sequence of poems by Jane, in memory of her father - 13 June 2017.

Jane read a new poem, "Cattle Stick" on the Lyric FM Poetry File on 1 June 2017.

Jane read her Listowel Writer's Week Poem of the Year 2016, "In Glasnevin" at the Listowel Writers' Week Opening Night, 31 May, 2017.

"He stood at the top of the stairs", is featured in the first issue of Poetry Ireland Review to be edited by Eavan Boland. It is Poem of the Week on Poetry Ireland's homepage, 22 May 2017.

Jane read new poems at the Trocaire-Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony on 24 May, 2017 in the National Library, Dublin.

Jane recorded a poem, "Birthing the Lamb" for the weekly poetry feature on Near FM, community radio in Dublin North East; 23 May 2017.

Hingham Poetry Group invited Jane to give a reading in Hingham in May 2017. She also gave a reading in Jones Public Library, Amherst and a workshop in Cambridge, MA.

Poet, Thomas McCarthy, reviewed The River in the April 2017 issue of the TRUMPET, Poetry Ireland's literary pamphlet. "...this is poetry of exceptional beauty and accomplishment." See Reviews page for more detail.

Jane gave a workshop, Promoting Your Poetry, at a Poetry Ireland and Words Ireland seminar for Poetry Day Ireland, 27 April, 2017.

RTE Radio One's Drivetime broadcast a short interview with Jane on 27 April as part of a piece about Poetry Day Ireland.

"Cattle Stick", one of Jane's new poems will be broadcast on RTE Lyric FM Poetry File on 1 June, 2017 at 11 am.

A six poem sequence from Jane's new work will be published in an upcoming issue of the on-line journal, Numéro Cinq.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, April 2017 in the US, Standard Issue UK posted Hazel Burke's response to 'Back of an Envelope' from The River.

Jane has recorded two poems for the new RTE Lyric FM & Poetry Ireland poetry slot. Poetry File will be broadcast every Thursday at 11 am, starting on Ireland Poetry Day, 27 April, 2017.

Jane judged the 2017 Rush Harbour Festival poetry competition.

Jane is interviewed here about the influence of the river Suck in her first collection, The River.

Jane was one of the judges for the Poetry Ireland/Trocaire Poetry Competition 2017. 


Jane's poem, 'In Glasnevin', first published in The Irish Times, won the inaugural Irish Poem of the Year Award 2016 at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Here's an interview from the awards night.

Jane has a new poem in the anthology in honour of Eavan Boland from Arlen House, Washing Windows? Irish Women Write Poetry. She also has a new poem in the recent issue of Prelude, a New York based journal.

The River was chosen as one of the 28 best poetry collections on a US blog for 2016 - you can read the selection here.

Jane was the guest reader on the Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker Poetry Masterclass in Ty Newydd, National Writing Centre of Wales, October 2016.

To mark Remembrance Sunday 2016, the Mary Evans Picture Library featured one of Jane Clarke's new poems here.

Jane travelled to the US in October 2016 for two readings and a workshop at the Los Gatos/Listowel Festival of Irish Literature. She also gave two readings in DC; a joint reading with Terri Cross Davis in the Hillyer Art Space with for Solas Nua and a reading with questions in St. John's Church, Lafayette Square. Pen/Faulkner Foundation invited Jane to give a workshop to students in Bell Multicultural High School, DC.

'Who owns the field?' from The River was the featured poem on the RTE website, September 17th 2016.

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 was 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." One of the three judges, poet Moniza Alvi, praised the "quiet, lucid, subtle poems, nevertheless urgent in their presentation of a farming background in rural Ireland, and the poet's enduring attachment to it."

Jane is featured with a poem from The River, photographs and an interview in the August 2016 issue of Elementum, a new journal of nature and story.

To celebrate National Poetry Day UK, October 2016, Hazel Bourke wrote a response to 'Back of an Envelope" from The River.

Jane is also featured with an interview and a poem from The River in a new documentary about the river Suck.


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

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.

Jane reviewed an important new study in the May 2016 Dublin Review of BooksContemporary Irish Women Poets: Memory and Estrangement by Lucy Collins, Liverpool University Press.

Jane gave a joint reading and interview with poet, Shirley McClure, in the University of Alicante, Benissa, Spain in October, 2015. From September to December 2015, Jane and Shirley also read together in the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, Books Upstairs, Dublin, Bray Arts, Bray and the Imagine Festival, Waterford.

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