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Launch of The River by Jane Clarke

Jane Clarke

The River by Moya Cannon

Charlie Byrne’s will be hosting the launch of Jane Clarke’s debut book of poetry The River this Friday the 14th of August at 6pm, this event will also feature guest speaker and poet Moya Cannon.

Since Seamus Heaney’s death in August 2013, poetry lovers have been eagerly seeking a successor to Ireland’s greatest modern poet. The publication by Bloodaxe Books this week of Wicklow-based Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, will send shudders of excitement through the poetry world and beyond. From a farming background, Clarke, like Heaney, draws on natural inspirations such as rivers, stone walls, animals and birds for an uplifting, gentle reflection on the human condition. –Joe Duffy, Irish Mail on Sunday

Clear, direct, lovely: Jane Clarke’s voice slips into the Irish tradition with such ease, it is as though she had always been at the heart of it. –Anne Enright

‘These are subtle, tender poems of love, loss and growing up on a farm in rural Ireland. Jane Clarke writes with a fine eye for remembered detail in language marked by good farm words like “slane and sickle”, “clout and stud nails”. The river Suck, and the river of life, run through the book and the farmland where the poet was brought up. Every poem leaves something in the mind: the beauty and cruelty of farming, the life of land and animals, of parents remembered in their strength, and in their ageing. A quiet, powerful collection.’ – Gilllian Clarke

‘These poems burn with the ferocity of their intent in supple and profound music. Many of them are rooted in family life and the seasonal farm work Jane Clarke depicts with such respect and compassion. Others treat of adult relationships in the face of a beautiful, if brutal world. The river music is sometimes the real river music of the Suck and other rivers with their riparian birds and hunger for the sea. Her philosophical bent finds the river in us, in the emotional fluxes, whether in the rapids or the calm shallows. This is not pastoral poetry though there s plenty of pasture in it, and hens and hay and alders and willows and heifers. There’s a visionary at work here, a shaper and shifter, moving us in language that is plain, exact, and true. She invokes Heraclitus famous river that can t be stepped in twice; she could as justly invoke Hopkins Heraclitean fire. And the comfort of the Resurrection for nature to Clarke is a site of renewal and integration. There is both heartbreak and heart s ease in this auspicious debut from an accomplished craftswoman.’ –Paula Meehan

About the Author

Originally from a farm in the west of Ireland, Jane Clarke now lives in Co. Wicklow. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. She has a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and combines writing with her work as a management consultant in not-for-profit organisations. She received the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Prize in 2014 and her other awards include the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition (2014), Poems for Patience (2013), iYeats (2010), and Listowel Writers’ Week (2007). Her poems have been published in The Irish Times and the Irish Independent, and by many journals, magazines, anthologies and websites. Her first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015.
All are welcome to this event which is sure to be a delightful evening. For more information or to reserve a copy of The River simply contact us.

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