Louise G Cole

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Louise G Cole








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Roscommon-based writer (and reader) of short stories, flash fiction and poetry.

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I write short stories, flash fiction and poetry, and have won or been shortlisted in various literary competitions. I was nominated for a Hennessy Literary Award in 2015 and won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry in 2018. I am also a past winner of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival Roscommon Poets’ Prize, the Hanna Greally Literary Award, the HE Bates Short Story Competition, and the I Am Dublin Flash Fiction Competition. I have been published in anthologies, journals and newspapers, including the Irish Times, Crannóg Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, ROPES 2016 & 2018, and Skylight 47.
I read my poetry at the Word Corner Café in the Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, (every second Tuesday of the month from 6pm-7.30pm), and with the Hermit Collective, a group of writers, artists and musicians who put on pop-up shows in the west of Ireland. I am the Press Officer and a committee member of Strokestown International Poetry Festival, and as a trained facilitator, I run creative writing classes in County Mayo.
In November 2017, I was selected by the Creative Frame Network to be mentored by the poet Janice Fitzpatrick Simmons, who provided valuable professional expertise during the assembly of ‘Beyond the Green Bridge’, my first poetry collection.
In 2017, I was selected for two Poetry Masterclasses, the first with the former National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the UK Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. The second was with Gillian Clarke and Moira Dooley. Both of these Masterclasses were at Tŷ Newydd, the Literature Centre of Wales, and I am very grateful to the Arts Council of Ireland for a Travel and Training Award which enabled me to take part in the second masterclass.
Originally, I trained as a journalist (I was once one of the UK’s youngest female newspaper editors, before jumping ship into Press and PR), and have spent most of my life as a wordsmith of one sort or another. I now count myself very fortunate to be following a creative writing career (of sorts), as I do.
I blog about my life as a writer, and ‘reading, writing and other stuff’ at where I explain why I insist on the ‘G’ in my moniker (it stands for Gillian). It has a lot to do with avoiding confusion with a model of skimpy underwear…
I also Tweet: @louisegcole and Facebook: LouiseGColeWriter