Pauline’s debut novel, Charlotte & Arthur was published by Merdog Books in October 2021.
Pauline Clooney is an award-winning writer, an experienced creative writing workshop facilitator, and a teacher for over 30 years. Leaving second level teaching in 2017 to pursue a writing career, Pauline, conscious that writing would not pay the bills, also established a writing centre, The Kildare Writing Centre, where she facilitates courses, currently online, in creative writing for adults.
Pauline’s writing achievements include:
- In October 2021, her novel, Charlotte and Arthur, was published by Merdog Books. This bio fiction is a reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s honeymoon in Ireland.
- In 2020, Pauline was a runner up in the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair, with her first novel, The Eternal Rocks Beneath, which has yet to be published.
- In 2019 Pauline was one of sixty writers out of five hundred selected to have a Date with an Agent as part of the Dublin International Literature festival.
- In 2018 and 2017 Pauline was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Kildare County Council.
- Pauline was placed second in the Doolin Short Story competition (2015). Third in Bray Literary Festival FF competition (2019)
- Her stories are published in; an anthology of stories associated with historical houses of Great Britain entitled Come into the House: Tales of Secrets, History, and Mystery, in the 2017 Ireland’s Own Anthology of Short Stories, and in The RTE Guide and HCE Review, Arts and Literary Journal
- Her stories have been shortlisted for the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition (2014), the Doolin Short Story competition (2014), and the Hennessey New Irish Writing in association with the Irish Times (2017 and 2018). Allingham Flash Fiction Comp. (2019)
- Her stories have been longlisted for the inaugural Colm Tóibín Short Story Competition (2016), the Fish Short Memoir competition (2014), and the Fish Publishing International Short Story Prize (2015 and 2018).
- In 2007 Pauline was awarded an honours M.Litt in Maynooth. Her researched thesis was entitled Demythologising Charlotte Brontë: An Exploration of The Genesis and Evolution of the Author
- In 2015 Pauline was awarded a first-class honours MA in Creative Writing from UCD. The course content for this Masters addressed both creative work and academic literary criticism.
- In 2015 Pauline won the Penguin Ireland/ RTE Guide Short Story competition with her entry entitled Beautiful Things in his Head.
- Pauline is the 2021 recipient of the Dennis O’Driscoll Literary Bursary for Professional writers with Kildare County Council.
- Teacher of History, English, Drama and Creative Writing at Patrician secondary school, 1986-2000, 2000-2017. Assistant Principal with Year Head duties and Liaison teacher on the Student Council, 2000-2017.
- Industrial Relations Officer, ASTI, 2000-2001. (this was during a career break year from teaching.)
- State examiner in Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Higher Level History, 1994-2018, and Leaving Cert Higher Level English, 2019.
- Founder, Creative Writing Director, and teacher at the Kildare Writing Centre, 2018-present.
- Creative writing workshop facilitator for Laois Connect Mental Health awareness week 2017; Laois Bealtaine Festival 2018; June Fest 2019; Kildare Reader’s Festival 2019; Doolin Writers Weekend 2020; The Power of Words Festival 2021.
Current Writing Project:
Pauline is currently working on her third novel which focuses on the relationship between the poet, William Butler Yeats and his wife, George Hyde Lees.