About Me

Clodagh O'Brien reading

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I am a published poet, flash fiction and short story writer residing in Dublin. I am currently working on the rickety bones of a first novel. In my previous life, I worked as a science journalist and was published in New Scientist and The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Awards & Achievements

Assistant Editor of poetry and short fiction at the online literary journal The Bohemyth.

Longlisted for the Doire Press 2nd Annual Fiction Chapbook Competition in 2013.

Longlisted for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year in 2012.

Poem ‘Kisses published in The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner, The Daily Mail amongst others on July 16th 2013.

Shortlisted for a Wurlitzer Foundation artist residency grant in Mexico, 2012.

Published nationally and internationally in a range of publications.

An excerpt of my (yet to be published) novel ‘A Telltale Heart’ was shortlisted for Authors Rights Agency competition and read out on Arena on RTE Radio One, September 2011.

Longlisted for the Spoken Ink audio story competition in 2011

Winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writers Award in 2002 – ‘Why women drink the tree crab potion.’

Featured Works

Fiver Birds’ Worth, The Dying Goose, Jan 2014 (Flash fiction) http://bit.ly/1cReBR8

All Out of Sorry, 1000 Words, July 2013 (Flash Fiction) http://bit.ly/1a4Huxp

The Americas – Wordlegs, Summer Issue 2012 (Short Story) http://bit.ly/19hSc0p

Purge – The Bohemyth, Dec 2012 (Flash Fiction) http://bit.ly/15E9IXU

From Us It Came, Bare Hands Poetry, May 2012 (Poem) http://bit.ly/1bvisFx

Festival/Open Mic performances

Mill Miscellanea, Dundrum Mill Theatre, Nov 2013

Flash Bulbs, Big Smoke Writing Factory, June 2013

Launch of Poetry Bus 4, Feb 2013

Spoke Open Mic nights, The Irish Writers Centre, throughout 2012

Shore Writers’ Festival, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Nov 2012

Launch of Gods & Monster anthology, Oct 2012

Listowel Writers Week, May 2012

Phizzfest, Sep 2011 & 2012


Completed The Stinging Fly’s ‘A New Way to Fly’ novel writing workshop from October 2010 – April 2011 

Completed ‘Beginners Course to Writing a Novel’ at the Irish Writers Centre in 2009


Beneath it Devours  – featured on the Rossport Solidarity Camp CD, end of 2013 (Poem)

Cat’s Eyes – due to be published in a short story anthology with Old67 Press in late 2013 (short story)

I am an Emerging Writer member of writing.ie which you can read here: http://www.writing.ie/member-emerging-writers/clodagh-obrien/

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