Welcome to Jane Clarke's Poetry website


Jane Clarke's first collection, The River, is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Originally from a farm in Roscommon, Jane now lives near Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. She was shortlisted for the Royal Society for Literature Ondaatje Award 2016 and has won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Poetry. She also won the 2014 Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Collection Award, the 2014 Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition, the inaugural Poems for Patience, 2013; Listowel Writers' Week (2007) and the iYeats (2010) and was shortlisted for the 2013 & 2014 Hennessy Literary Awards.

She has had poems published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Poetry Ireland Review, New Hibernia Review, Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, Acumen, Agenda, Abridged, The North, The Rialto, Ambit, One, Poetry Wales, Mslexia, The Compass Magazine, High Windows Journal, Envoi, Southword, THE SHOp, Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, Crannog, The Irish Literary Review, The Stony Thursday Book, Skylight 47, The Interpreter's House, The Galway Review, Revival, Roscommon Herald and Leitrim Observer. She has also had poems broadcast on RTE Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany, Arena and the Poetry Programme.


Jane’s poems have a two-fold quality of tenderness – not simply their affectionate respect for people and for ways of life, but also the courage to go close to the raw places, facing the grief and unease which comes from loving what can be or already has been lost.

- Philip Gross, Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2009

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

Jane Clarke is one of six poets nominated by Jacar Press in the Best of Net Awards for her poem in One poetry journal.

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 will be reading at a number of events in Ireland, the USA and the UK over the coming months:

Los Gatos Listowel Writers' Festival, California, October 6-10th, 2016. Jane will read at two events, Rising Generation (Fri. 7th @ 5pm) and Poetry and Science (Sun. 9th @12.20pm). She will also give a poetry workshop, "Writing from Stillness" (Sat. 8th @12.30).

Solas Nua, Washington DC, 12th October at 7pm in the Hillyer Art Space. Jane will read with African-American poet, Teri Cross Davis, followed by a discussion and reception.

Penn/Faulkner & Solas Nua, Washington DC, 13th October. Jane will read and discuss her poetry with an English class in Bell Multicultural High School.

St. John's Church, Lafayette Square, Washington DC, Sunday, October 16th at 10 am. Jane will read from The River and speak about Poetry of Place.

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, October 19th at 6.30 pm. As part of the John Steinbeck Celebrations in association with the John Hewitt Society, Jane will read on the theme of "The Human Heart and the Land".

Ty Newydd, National Writing Centre, Wales, October 20th. Jane will be the guest reader at the Poetry Masterclass with Gillian Clarke and Imtiaz Dharker.

Boy's School, Smock Alley, Dublin, November 12th at 3.30 pm. As part of the Dublin Books Festival, Jane and three other poets in The Rising Generation issue of Poetry Ireland Review will give a reading.


Recent Publication

Jane has a new poem in the recent issue of the on-line journal, One.

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, 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 Dublin Review of Books, Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Memory and Estrangement by Lucy Collins, Liverpool University Press.