Poet Jane reads from her latest collection
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’.