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 many literary competitions. I am also an ETB-registered adult education tutor specialising in creative writing for beginners.
My favourite claim to fame is having had a Dublin pub re-named in my honour after I won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry in March 2018. I won the 2019 New Roscommon Writing Award and have been chosen to work with author Nessa O'Mahony under the 2019/20 Words Ireland Mentoring Project.
I am 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, and I was first nominated for a Hennessy award (for fiction) in 2015. I have been published in anthologies, journals and newspapers, including the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Crannóg Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, ROPES 2016 & 2018, The Ogham Stone, Stony Thursday, Poetry Bus Magazine, and Skylight 47.
I facilitate two fortnightly creative writing classes in Charlestown, County Mayo.
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