Pauline Clooney, originally from Portlaoise, has been living in Kildare since 1982. In 2017 she took early retirement from a thirty-one year teaching career at the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge in order to pursue her passion for writing.
Pauline is the Director and Course Facilitator of the Kildare Writing Centre which she established in 2016.
Pauline has an M.Litt. in English literature on the work of Charlotte Brontë from NUI Maynooth (2006), a diploma in Creative writing and publishing also from Maynooth University (2012) and a first class honours MA in Creative Writing from University College Dublin (2015).
Pauline has written several short stories and a novel and is currently working on her second novel, which is a work of historical fiction. Her stories have been anthologised in publications in Ireland and Great Britain, including anthology of stories associated with historical houses, Come into the House: Tales of Secrets, History, and Mystery, the 2017 Ireland’s Own Anthology of Short Stories, The RTE Guide and HCE Review (UCD arts and literary journal).
She has been shortlisted and longlisted for many competitions and publications including the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition, the Doolin Short Story competition, the Hennessey New Irish Writing with the Irish Times, the inaugural Colm Tóibín Short Story competition (2016), The Michael Mullen Short Story competition (2018), the Fish Short Memoir competition (2014), the Fish Short Story Prize (2015 and 2018), Bray Literary Festival (2019), Allingham Arts Festival (2019), Fish Flash Fiction Prize (2020).
Pauline is the 2021 recipient of the Dennis O'Driscoll Literary Bursary for Professional writers with Kildare County Council.
She was runner-up in the Doolin Short Story competition (2015).
Pauline won the RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story competition in 2015.
Pauline has been the recipient of the Kildare County Council Tyrone Guthrie bursary for 2017 and 2018..
Pauline was a prize winner at the 2019 Bray Literary Festival.
Pauline has delivered courses at literary festivals in Ireland, including Doolin Writers' Weekend and Kildare Readers Festival.
Pauline's debut novel, Charlotte & Arthur was published by Merdog Books in October 2021.