Denise O’Hagan

About Denise O'Hagan

Editor and writer

Born and raised in Italy, Denise lived in the UK before emigrating to Sydney, Australia, where she lives with her family.

After completing a Masters in Bibliography and Textual Criticism at Leeds University, she worked as an editor with various publishing houses including Collins, Heinemann and Routledge in London, and Horwitz Educational and Cambridge University Press in Sydney, where she was also consulting editor with the State Library of NSW.

She set up her own imprint Black Quill Press in 2015 to publish her late mother’s books: Jerome & His Women (2015), shortlisted for the Institute of Professional Editors’ Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the ‘Rosie’), and a second revised edition of A Roman Death (2017), originally published by Macmillan. She also edited and published Chinese Whispers: In Search of Ivy (2018) for independent author Alison Choy Flannigan; her own writing guide for authors, the Mini Style Guide (2019); and co-edited and published poetry anthology Messages from the Embers: From Devastation to Hope (2020). She now works with independent authors, helping shape and edit their work. You can read her testimonials here.

Her poetry is published widely in Australia and overseas. Recipient of the Dalkey Poetry Prize (Ireland), she has also been shortlisted in various awards, including in the Australian Catholic University Poetry Prize, the Robert Graves Poetry Prize and the Plough Writing Prize. She was Poetry Editor for Australia/New Zealand for Irish literary journal The Blue Nib until 2020. Her poetry collections include The Beating Heart (Ginninderra Press, 2020) and Anamnesis (Recent Work Press, 2022).

You can read some of her poetry here.