Originally from Worcestershire in England, Louise G Cole now lives in rural Ireland.
She won the Hennessy Literary Award for Emerging Poetry in 2018 and had a Dublin pub re-named in her honour (temporarily!). She was selected by UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy for publication of a poetry pamphlet, ‘Soft Touch’ in the Laureate’s Choice series in February 2019. Louise’s work was endorsed by Dermot Bolger, Jane Clarke and Rita Ann Higgins. Eight of Louise’s poems subsequently appeared in Carol Ann Duffy’s final anthology of her laureateship in May 2019.
In 2021, Louise was chosen for mentorship by Dedalus Press and is working with distinguished Irish poet Joseph Woods.
Louise has had poems, short stories and flash fiction published in anthologies, newspapers and literary magazines, including the Irish Independent, the Irish Times, Crannóg, From the Well, Stony Thursday, Skylight 47, Ropes, the Bangor Literary Journal, Boyne Berries, Poetry Bus Magazine, the Strokestown Poetry Festival Anthology, Poetry Ireland Review and the Ogham Stone.
She won Strokestown Poetry Festival’s Roscommon Poets’ Prize 2020 and the New Roscommon Writing Award in 2019, and she was selected for mentorship in 2019/20 by Words Ireland.
Louise’s poetry pamphlet ‘Under the Influence’ was highly commended in Munster Literature Centre’s 2020 Fool for Poetry Competition, and it has now been accepted for publication in 2022 by UK publisher, Hedgehog Poetry.
Louise is available for public readings of her work.
Contact her via email at louisegcolewriter(at)gmail(dot)com