Jane Clarke, a native of Fuerty, Co. Roscommon, won a prestigious Hennessy Literary Award in the Emerging Poetry category in the RHA Gallery, Dublin, on Thursday last. For the last 45 years, these awards have recognised and rewarded emerging Irish writers and poets in the literary sphere. Three winners were announced last week, with Jane being joined by Ríona Judge McCormack (First Fiction) and Chris Connolly (Emerging Fiction).Ms. Clarke won her award for three poems – Isobel, The Blue Bible and Every Tree. Ms. Clarke’s first collection, A River, is published by Bloodaxe Books. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and Philosophy from Trinity College, Dublin, and an MPhil in writing from the University of South Wales. She now lives in Co. Wicklow and combines writing with her work as a management consultant.