Pauline Clooney is a doctoral student of creative writing with NUIM, is an experienced workshop facilitator (since 2016) and teacher for over 30 years. In 2016, Pauline established a writing centre, The Kildare Writing Centre, where she facilitates courses in creative writing for adults.
Her academic achievements include a MLitt in English Literature (2007) and a first-class honour Masters in Creative Writing from UCD (2015).
Pauline’s writing achievements include:
• In 2015 Pauline won the Penguin Ireland/ RTE Guide Short Story competition with her entry entitled Beautiful Things in his Head.
• 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.
• Shortlisted stories 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)
• 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).
• Pauline was placed second in the Doolin Short Story competition (2015). Third in Bray Literary Festival FF competition (2019)
• In 2017 and 2018 Pauline was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Kildare County Council.
• 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.