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 family. 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.

In 2015 she set up her own imprint Black Quill Press to publish her late mother’s books. Jerome & His Women (2015) was shortlisted for the Institute of Professional Editors’ Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the ‘Rosie’). She released a second, re-edited 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, and finally her own writing guide for authors, the Mini Style Guide (2019). She now works with independent authors, helping shape and edit their work. You can read her testimonials here.

Denise also writes poetry, to which she has always been drawn. She is Poetry Editor (Australia/New Zealand) for The Blue Nib, which keeps her finger firmly on the poetic pulse. Her poems are published widely in literary journals and magazines including New Reader Magazine, Literary Yard, Other Terrain Journal, Backstory and Scarlet Leaf Review. She won the Adelaide Plains Poetry Competition and has been  commended in the Australian Catholic University Poetry Prize, the Robert Graves Poetry Prize and the National Writing Competition. Her poetry collection The Beating Heart is due to be published by Ginninderra Press in 2020. You can read some of her poetry here.

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