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Hawk’s Well Theatre

Creative Writing Workshop with Jane Clarke

Poet, Jane Clarke returns to the Hawk’s Well Theatre to facilitate this creative writing workshop and to give a reading from her acclaimed collection, The River.

Jane will facilitate this workshop, designed to stimulate and support new pieces of writing, poetry or prose, through the use of guided exercises and prompts in a relaxed and mindful atmosphere. Workshop participants are invited to read two poems or a short piece of prose at Jane Clarke’s reading later that day from 6-7pm, where she will read from her collection, The River. She will also read new work, including a sequence of poems about her father and a sequence in response to letters home from a soldier in the First World War. 


Jane Clarke’s first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015 to both critical and popular acclaim. In 2016 she won the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award, the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature 2016 Ondaatje Literary Award, given for a distinguished work of fiction or non-fiction evoking the spirit of a place. She has also won the 2014 Listowel Writers' Week Poetry Collection Award, the 2014 Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition, Poems for Patience, 2013; and the iYeats (2010). She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. Originally from Co. Roscommon, she now lives in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow. 

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, Laureate for Irish Fiction.