Poet Jane reads from her lat­est col­lec­tion

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

JANE Clarke launched her lat­est po­etry col­lec­tion at Bridge Street Books as part of a se­ries of read­ings tak­ing place in Ire­land, the UK and the USA.

Jane orig­i­nally hails from Co Roscom­mon but cur­rently re­sides in Glen­malure, where she com­bines writ­ing with her work as a cre­ative writ­ing tu­tor and group fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

She was launch­ing ‘When the Tree Falls’, which comes four years af­ter her ac­claimed de­but ‘The River’. which was the first po­etry col­lec­tion to be short­listed for the Royal So­ci­ety of Lit­er­a­ture’s On­daatje Prize.

A size­able crowd gath­ered in Bridge Street Books as Jane car­ried out read­ings of some of the po­ems con­tained in her lat­est col­lec­tion.

‘When the Tree Falls’ also con­tains the poem ‘In Glas­nevin’, which won the in­au­gu­ral Lis­towel Writer’s Week Poem of the Year Award, voted for by the pub­lic, at the Ir­ish Book Awards 2016. The poem was in­spired by two women, El­iz­a­beth O’Far­rell and Ju­lia Gre­nan, who were nurses and couri­ers dur­ing the Easter Ris­ing 1916.

She holds a BA in English and Phi­los­o­phy from Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin, and an MPhil in Writ­ing from the Univer­sity of South Wales, and has a back­ground in psy­cho­an­a­lytic psy­chother­apy.

Jane also grate­fully ac­knowl­edges the Arts Coun­cil Lit­er­a­ture Bur­sary Award in 2017, Wick­low County Coun­cil Artist Sup­port Award 2019 and Cul­ture Ire­land sup­port for read­ings in the UK and US.

Joanna and Hi­lary Hamil­ton of Bridge Street Books with poet Jane Clarke (cen­tre) and her new book of po­etry, ‘When the Tree Falls’.

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