Denise O’Hagan

About Denise O'Hagan

Editor and writer

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

After completing her Masters 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 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.

Denise is also an award-winning poet and Poetry Editor for Australia/New Zealand for Irish literary journal, The Blue Nib, which keeps her finger firmly on the poetic pulse. Her work has been published in various journals including Other Terrain Journal, Backstory Journal, New Reader Magazine, Not Very Quiet, The Ekphrastic Review and Vox Galvia. Her awards include the Dalkey Poetry Prize (2020) and the Adelaide Plains Poetry Competition (2019); shortlistings in the Robert Graves Poetry Prize, the Saolta Arts Poetry Competition and the Booranga Literary Prizes; and commendation in the Australian Catholic University Poetry Prize, the Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award and the Woorilla Poetry Prize. Her poetry collection, The Beating Heart, is published by Ginninderra Press (2020). You can read some of her poetry here.

Her fiction (short stories) are published by Papyrus Publishing and Bewildering Stories. You can read her fiction here.