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 '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

 Solas Nua is very proud and delighted to host the US launch of two new collections of poetry by Irish Book Award winner Jane Clarke.

Through a series of readings, press interviews and workshops in Washington DC and New York, Jane will introduce her keenly awaited new work to American audiences.

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Check out this interview

With Jane Clarke

All the Way Home, Jane Clarke’s illustrated booklet of poems in response to a First World War family archive held in the Mary Evans Picture Library, London, was published by Smith|Doorstop in Spring 2019.

Jane’s second poetry collection When the Tree Falls, published by Bloodaxe Books  in September 2019.  comes four years after the publication of her highly acclaimed debut The River, which was the first poetry collection to be shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. 

Jane’s second collection includes 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 in the Easter Rising 1916. Alongside this are poems about battles fought by women in recent times, including ‘Polling Station, May 25 2018’.  Running through the book is an elegiac sequence remembering her father, drawing on the landscape and everyday experience of farming life in Co. Roscommon.

 Jane Clarke was born in 1961 and grew up on a farm in Co. Roscommon. She lives in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow, where she combines writing with her work as a creative writing tutor and group facilitator. 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.  Her first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books 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. In 2016 she won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards

Jane also edited Origami Doll, New and Collected Shirley McClure (Arlen House, 2019) and guest-edited The North 61: Irish Issue (The Poetry Business, 2019) with Nessa O’Mahony.

Learn more about Jane and her work here

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Sally Rooney - Normal People

in conversation with Lily Meyer — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rooney was hailed as the writer of the millennial generation for her first novel, Conversations with Friends, a fresh and astute portrayal of young people grappling with the challenges of the twenty-first century. Showcasing her skills as a “psychological portraitist,” her eagerly awaited second novel—winner of the prestigious Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the Man Booker—is a deft exploration of the relationship between Connell and Marianne. With well-paced sentences and astonishing insight, Rooney charts the uncertain couple from high school through their years at Trinity College and after, tracing their unbreakable connection through changing circumstances, including Marianne’s shifts from introversion to confidence to self-destruction. Rooney will be in conversation with Lily Meyer, writer, translator, and critic for NPR Books, The Atlantic, and others.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Click here for more information.

Politics and Prose at Union Market   1270 5th Street NE   Washington   DC    20008


Join us for a special evening of stimulating readings and provocative conversations and a reception afterwards.

This will be a special evening celebrating these three wonderful poets, the inclusion of their work in the Fall edition of Copper Nickel (the national literary magazine of the United states),  their lives and to share in some piercing and thought provoking insight and observations into life and key issues in Ireland today. Poets bring a special perspective.

Where: New York University Campus, 1307 L street NW Washington DC 20005

When: Friday, October 19th at 7:00pm

What: Solas Nua and Copper Nickel present three of Ireland’s foremost poets and most exciting performers Elaine Feeney, Jessica Traynor and Conor O’Callaghan.

ELAINE FEENEY, from Galway, is both a “performance poet” and a “page poet” who has published three collections: Rise (Salmon, 2017), The Radio Was Gospel (2013), and Where’s Katie? (2010). She has won the Cúirt Festival’s Poetry Grand Slam. Her interdisciplinary piece Wrongheaded, which includes dance, film, and narrative on the subject of bodily choice in Ireland, inspired a film of the same name directed by Mary Wycherley, which is currently touring.

CONOR O’CALLAGHAN, from Dundalk, is the author of five poetry collections: Live Streaming (Gallery, 2017), The Sun King (2013), Fiction (2005), Seatown (1999), and The History of Rain (1993). The Irish Times called his novel Nothing on Earth (Doubleday Ireland, 2016) “one of the most impressive pieces of Irish fiction” since the early 1980s. The recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine, O’Callaghan lectures at Sheffield Hallam University in England.

JESSICA TRAYNOR, based in Dublin, is the author of the poetry collection Liffey Swim (Dedalus, 2014). Her poems have been broadcast on RTÉ. Named Hennessy New Irish Writer in 2013, Traynor has served as literary manager of the Abbey Theater and currently teaches through the Irish Writers Centre.

This event is supported by Culture Ireland.


Irish Poetry Reading Archive

Jane Clarke and Siobhan Campbell are among the many wonderful poets that Solas Nua has brought to Washington DC and that are in this archive. 

Look, listen and enjoy!

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive (IPRA) is a central repository that holds recordings of Irish poets and writers, reading their own work and giving a very brief overview of the context and circumstances that influenced the writing of their poems.

Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten copies of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland. It includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets.

Recordings began in April 2014, and the archive was launched in December 2015 by the Minister of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys. Bringing together the voices of Irish poets in a curated secure environment ensures that this cultural heritage collection is preserved for future generations. Over time, the collection will become a resource of national scope and significance, serving both national and international readers and scholars with interests in Irish poetry. As part of this archive, a range of other material is being captured and preserved - including an ‘in conversation’ series, ‘publishers of poetry series’ and a ‘lecture series

UCD Library is extremely grateful to the large number of poets who are featured in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, many of them Aosdána members, who have generously and freely given of their time to initiate the project. This collection is an ongoing project.

Poetry Reading - Julie Morrissy

Hillyer Art Space - 9 Hillyer Court

(Dupont Circle Metro - Q Street Exit)



In Glasnevin by Jane Clarke wins the inaugural Irish Poem of the Year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in Dublin.

In October, poets Jane Clarke and Teri Cross Davis read from their recently published work at Hillyer Art Space

A wonderful (full house) evening of brilliant poetry, thought provoking participatory art and vibrant discussion at The Hillyer Art Space.

Above, from left to right:
Solas Nua's Paddy Meskell with Visual arts curator and artist Jackie Hoysted, DC based poet Teri Cross Davis and Hennessy award winning poet Jane Clarke at The Hillyer Art Space; poet Teri Cross Davis reading from her book Haint; award winning poet Jane Clarke reading from The River; artist Jackie Hoysted with poets Teri Cross Davis and Jane Clarke.

About the poets

"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

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.

Visit Jane's website


Teri Ellen Cross Davis is a Cave Canem fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has attended the Soul Mountain Writer's Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC) and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Her first collection Haint was published in June, 2016 by Gival Press. She lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children.

Visit Teri's website

Authors from Solas Nua's Literature Series

Jan Carson

Award winning author,  Jan Carson,  currently a community arts organizer in Belfast, returned in early April to Solas Nua's literature series with a reading from her work-in-progress about a young man growing up in East Belfast. Her novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears, was published in 2014 to critical acclaim. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Arts Council NI Artist’s Career Enhancement Bursary.

Visit her blog: and follow her on twitter  @JanCarson7280

Rosemary Jenkinson

Northern Ireland playwright and short story writer Rosemary Jenkinson  read from her new story collection, "Aphrodite's Kiss and Further Stories."

Among her plays is "Johnny Meister and the Stitch," which was produced by Solas Nua. Her new play, "The Dealer of Ballynafeigh,"  opened at The Keegan Theatre in October 2015.

Mary Costello

"Mary Costello is one of those lovely softly spoken writers who is has been quietly juggling home, family and writing for years, pulling together strands of experience with beautiful language to weave stories that stop you in your tracks. It’s been a quiet process, although not without it’s highlights, including being shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award. That was until an independent Irish publisher launched her first short story collection.  And then the whole world sat up and took notice."

Read a review of her debut novel here.

Mary read for Solas Nua from her Booker Prize Candidate novel "Academy Street" at the Petworth Citizen Reading Room, 829 Upshur St. NW, Washington, D.C.

In fall, 2014, Solas Nua presented readings by three Irish authors. On September 30th Donal Ryan read for us at Busboys and Poets (5th and K Streets NW). He read from his novels The Thing About December and The Spinning Heart. On October 8th Jan Carson read from her novel Malcom Orange Disappears. And on October 27th Eimear McBride read from A Girl is a Half-formed Thing.