Pauline Clooney grew up in County Laois. She is a retired English, History and Creative Writing teacher. She holds an M.Litt on Charlotte Brontë from NUI Maynooth and a MA in Creative Writing from UCD. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Creative Writing in the National University Maynooth, where her research is focusing on the honeymoon of Charlotte Brontë and Arthur Bell Nicholls in July, 1854.
She has had her stories shortlisted for the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition and the Doolin Short Story competition in 2014. She has been longlisted for the inaugural Colm Tóibin Short Story competition and both the Fish Short Memoir competition (2014) and the Fish Short Story Prize (2015) and was placed second in the Doolin Short Story competition (2015).
She won the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition in 2015.
In 2016, Pauline established the Kildare Writing Centre where she facilitates courses in creative writing for adults.
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