Book Launch: All the Way Home – Jane Clarke

  • Thursday 4 April, 7pm
  • Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin
  • Tickets: Free

Lucy Collins, Associate Professor of English UCD will launch Jane Clarke's new collection 'All the Way Home'.


Jane Clarke’s powerfully moving collection 'All the Way Home' responds to the Auerbach family archive of World War I letters and photographs represented by the Mary Evans Picture Library. The sequence imagines the emotional landscape of war for a brother at the Front and his sister at home. These quietly lucid and subtle poems tell one story amongst many.

Combining poetry and photographs, this moving book explores the experience and impact of war, creating both a memorial and a testimony to lives lost and maimed.

"Jane Clarke brings emotional tact and lightness of touch to this resonant evocation of one family's experience of the First World War. The poems are earthy and transcendent, intimate yet restrained. Like the music in 'The Pianist', each poem powerfully 'returns us / to quietness'." – Moniza Alvi

Jane Clarke's first collection, The River (Bloodaxe Books, 2015) was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. She also won the 2016 Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry and the inaugural Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year Award 2016. She holds a BA in English & Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin and an MPhil in Writing from the University of South Wales. Jane works as a creative writing tutor and group facilitator. She lives with her wife in Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow.