When the Tree Falls


Product Details

$15.95  $14.83
Bloodaxe Books
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.3 X 0.3 inches | 0.25 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate

About the Author

Originally from a farm in the west of Ireland, Jane Clarke now lives with her partner 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 creative writing tutor and group facilitator. 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, The Irish Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Herald Scotland, and by many journals, magazines, anthologies and websites. Her first collection, The River, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015, and 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. She also won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry with three poems from The River, 'For Isobel', 'Blue Bible' and 'Every Tree', as well as the inaugural Listowel Writers' Week Irish Poem of the Year in the Irish Book Awards 2016 for a later poem, 'In Glasnevin'. Jane was awarded a literature bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland in 2017. All the Way Home, an illustrated booklet of poems responding to a First World War family archive will be published by Smith/Doorstop in April 2019. Her second collection, When the Tree Falls, published by Bloodaxe in 2019, When the Tree Falls is shortlisted for two of Ireland's premier literary awards, the Irish Times/Poetry Now Award 2020 and the Farmgate Café National Poetry Award 2020.


"The Irish poet Jane Clarke has followed a great debut collection with an even better second book. When the Tree Falls talks about her farming father in his last years. It delivers a clean, hard-earned simplicity and a lovely sense of line." - Anne Enright, The Irish Times (Books of the Year 2019)
"Jane Clarke is a really extraordinary poet. This is only her second collection, but this is a really timeless voice. She's a poet who blends the contemporary with a great sense of the ancient and the rural. Her first collection The River was a fantastic piece of work. This new collection When the Tree Falls is focussed very much around the death of her father, but it's an incredibly celebratory poetry collection that really looks at the nuts and bolts of the actual life on a farm in Roscommon... she finds such beauty in it, with such simplicity of language. There's no sentimentality, no ornamentation; every word is incredibly honed and carries a really deep emotional weight." - Jessica Traynor, speaking on RTE Radio 1's Arena (Poetry books of 2019)