Landscapes of the heart with Jane Clarke and Anne-Marie Fyfe
How do you write about the people and places that shaped you? Do you have to move away to gain perspective? And which do you rely on most - memory or imagination? Two Irish poets discuss their ideas and process
Jane Clarke grew up on a farm in the west of Ireland and now lives in County Wicklow. Her first collection, The River (2015), was shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry. Her illustrated chapbook, All the Way Home (2019), responds to a soldier's letters during World War 1. Her second book-length collection, When the Tree Falls, just published by Bloodaxe, bears witness to the rhythms of birth and death, celebration and mourning, endurance and growth, and includes a powerful elegiac sequence inspired by the loss of her father.
Born in County Antrim, Anne-Marie Fyfe lives in London where she has run Coffee-House Poetry’s readings and classes at London’s leading live literature venue, the Troubadour, since 1997. A co-ordinator for the annual John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh and a former chair of the Poetry Society, she has published five poetry collections including House of Small Absences. In her new book, No Far Shore: Charting Unknown Waters, a travel/literary memoir that blends poetry, prose, research and recall, she embarks on a quest that takes her to known and unfamiliar coastal waters, via lighthouses, small harbours and the hidden inlets of her own family narrative.
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