Jane Clarke grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon, Ireland, and lives in Co. Wicklow, where she combines writing with her work as a tutor and facilitator, and has a background in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Her first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, given for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place. Her second book-length collection, When the Tree Falls (Bloodaxe Books, 2019), was shortlisted for the 2020 Pigott Poetry Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Now Award and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020, as well as being longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2020. In May 2020 she presented The Miners’ Way, a half-hour feature for Radio 4 that was chosen for Radio 4’s Pick of the Week. Her third book-length collection, A Change in the Air, was published by Bloodaxe in May 2023.
Jane Clarke’s poem ‘Butter for Queens‘ was recorded for CountryWide. She was in conversation with Della Kilroy for a pre-publication interview on RTÉ Radio 1’s CountryWide, recorded at her home in Co Wicklow and in the surrounding countryside. She also read from A Change in the Air in an interview with RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena.