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2021

Dublin Book Festival has created a series of three films to explore & celebrate the relationship between literature and landscape. Jane discusses how landscape has inspired her work and reads two poems in the first volume of DEPARTURES. It was released on the 6th June and you can watch it here on the DBF YouTube channel.

Jane read a new poem '22 June' on RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany, 27 June. You can listen to the reading here

Poesie, the US based Poetry App features a different poet every week. Jane was the featured poet on the week of 21-27 June 2021. She joined the Poesie book club community for an online discussion of her work on the 27 June. The interview & reading is available on the Poesie YouTube channel & you can watch it here.

On 30 June Jane hosted the online launch of two new poetry collections from Arlen House; Geraldine Mitchell's Mute/Unmute & Annie Deppe's Night Collage. The recording is now available to watch on the Arlen House YouTube channel.

Jane read her poem about Nora Barnacle for RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany Bloomsday special on 13 June. The poem 'Night Boat, North Wall Quay' was commissioned by the James Joyce Centre for Bloomsday 2020. You can listen to the reading here. 

On Saturday 12 June Jane read 'Camping at Bearna' from When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books) on CountryWide, RTE Radio 1. You can listen to the reading here.

Jane joins poet & novelist Gerry Boland to edit Autumn Leaves 2021, a broadsheet of new writing from Co. Roscommon. See Roscommon County Council website for submission details.

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

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. You can watch it here.

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. 

2020

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.

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 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'.  

'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."

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

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. 

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.

'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.



 
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