Fish Publishing Long list

It’s snowing again, so what, things could be a lot worse.

A welsh boy renamed Patrick might never have been captured and bought as a slave to this green (partly white today) isle and there wouldn’t have been any parades yesterday or any rivers turning green or dogs being forced to wear green ribbons left over from Christmas (ours…not my idea though).

We were always going to win the Grand Slam so I’m not even going there. ‘Ireland, Ireland, together standing tall…’

It’s March, April is around the corner and T.S Eliot got it wrong: November is the cruellest month.

Tonight is the semi-final of Dancing with the Stars…come on Deirdre!

Oh, and I’m glowing a bit inside because I had a story longlisted for the Fish Publishing (very international) short story competition. How Bad.

Happy Spring.



Author: paulineclooney11

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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