June Caldwell’s Bio

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June’s short story collection ROOM LITTLE DARKER is due in May 2017 with New Island Books. Her story SOMAT is published in the award-winning The Long Gaze Back – An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson and was chosen as a ‘favourite’ by The Sunday Times. She’s a prizewinner of The Moth International Short Story Prize (‘Charged language and a ferocious imagination; mad as a bag of spiders and genuine talent’ – judge Mike McCormack). Shortlisted and/or Highly Commended for: The Calvino Prize in Fabulist FictionThe Colm Toíbín International Short Story AwardLorian Hemingway Prize; Sunday Business Post/Penguin Ireland Short Story Prize; RTÉ Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition; Over The Edge New Writer of the Year. She is a recipient of a John Hewitt bursary and an Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) literature award after completing an MA in Creative Writing at Queens’ University, Belfast. Her work has featured at the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange in Verona (May 2012), Read For The World & Telmetale at the Irish Writers Centre (June 2012/2013), Galway Pro Choice (Aug 2013), Over the Edge Galway (Dec 2013), Stinging Fly launch (Mar 2014), At The Edge, Cavan (May 2014), The Winding Stair (Sep 2014), DLR Lexicon Barrytown Trilogy readings (Apr 2015), Circle of Misse France (June 2015), Hodges Figgis Book Festival (Sep 2015), Bring Your Own Stories with Liberties Press (Oct 2015), The Bogman’s Cannon Fiction Disco (Nov 2015 & April 2016), Staccato (Nov 2015), Doolin Writers’ Weekend (March 2016), Five Lamps Arts Festival (March 2016), National Concert Hall (April 2016), The Monday Echo (Nov 2016), Eastrogen Rising Rebel Cabaret (Dec 2016), Goethe Institut Germany@Home readings (April 2017), Belfast Book Festival (June 2017), Body & Soul (June 2017). Published in The Lonely Crowd, Winter Papers (2017) The Moth, The Stinging Fly, Sixteen MagazineLiterary Orphans, RTÉ Ten, The Bogman’s CannonNorth West Words, Woven Tale Pressand Popshot Magazine, as well as a biography of a Trouble’s moll. You can listen to June talking about writing short stories on Hen House with further mention of her writing on CBC Sunday Edition (Canada).

lgbHer story is wonderfully subversive – dealing with a highly contentious issue, yet making it entertaining with her electrified sentence fragments bursting with sudden images, word play, bits of conversation, all dancing across the pages like a pinwheel firework escaped from its nail – Hubert O’Hearn By The Book Reviews

What to look out for in 2017 from independent publishers (from The Irish Times)

A snippet from ‘What to look out for in 2017 from independent publishers’ in The Irish Times, 10th January 2017.


maddogThe Gloss (Irish Times), The Guardian, The Observer, Sunday Times, Sunday Life, Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post, Sunday Independent, Ireland on Sunday, Irish Independent, Garda Review, Irish Crime, Fortnight, Technology Ireland, Éisteach Journal, Big Issues, Ulster Chemist, Computers in Business, Business Plus, Revenue Group Journal, Consumer Choice, Ulster Tatler Interiors, Irish Tatler, Social & Personal, Woman’s Way, Prudence, Confetti, Maternity, House & Home, Build Your Own Home, Renovate, Shoptalk, Construction, Irish Kitchens & Bathrooms, Ambulance Ireland, Firecall, Garda Times.


  • BA Writing & Publishing with English (Middlesex University)
  • Pg.Dip Journalism (DIT)
  • MA English/Creative Writing (Queen’s University Belfast)


  • Stinging Fly Fiction Workshop (6 months)
  • Summer Fiction Workshop with The Stinging Fly (week-long)
  • Short Story Workshop with Sean O’Reilly (8-weeks)
  • Screenwriting with Mark O’Connell @ The Lab (weekend)
  • Short Story with Danielle McLaughlin (1-day)
  • Fiction Seminar with Claire Keegan (1-day)
  • Novel Writing Workshop with Claire Kilroy (week-long)
  • Advanced Fiction with Madeleine D’Arcy (1-day)
  • How Fiction Works with Claire Keegan (afternoon)
  • Writing from Life with Selina Guinness (weekend)
  • Writing the Short Story with Mike McCormack (10 weeks)
  • Tales of the City with Sean O’Reilly (8 weeks)
  • The Short Story with Mike McCormack (weekend)
  • Writing Poetry with Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (6 weeks)
  • Poetry Workshop with Peter Sirr (6 weeks)
  • Writing Short Stories with Michael J. Farrell (weekend)
  • American Classics: Reading Course with Paul Perry (6 weeks)
Extract of Katy Haye's Sunday Times 'Culture' magazine review of The Long Gaze Back.

Extract of Katy Haye’s Sunday Times ‘Culture’ magazine review of The Long Gaze Back.


Donal Minihane, Manager of Hotel Doolin & Curator of Doolin Writers’ Weekend.

In 2012 I approached June to help me set up the inaugural Doolin Writers’ Weekend. June helped me put together the programme for the first Doolin Writers’ Weekend and her experience, contacts and creativity were instrumental in its success. Doolin Writers’ Weekend and Writing Competition is now in its third year and a firm fixture in the Irish Literary calendar. This would not have been possible without June’s contribution over the last three years. June is a pleasure to work with, resourceful, generous with her time and possessing a keen literary eye. She is passionate about the arts and literature in particular and we consider ourselves lucky to have benefited from her skill-set.

Lia Mills, Novelist and Occasional Lecturer on MFA in Creative Writing, UCD

June is one of the most refreshing people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. Her writing voice is strong, distinctive and original; as an administrator she is efficient, effective and funny – a rare combination! – and as a co-participant in the Italo-Irish Literary Festival she was invaluable for her storytelling gifts, her sense of humour, her openness to new places and people, and her rare gift for defusing tension before it has a chance to set in.

Ferdia Mac Anna, RTÉ Producer, Author, Film Maker

June is a wonderful colleague, manager and co-worker. She is industrious, hard-working, practical and decisive and she is a terrific team player, always willing to go the extra mile to achieve quality work and a satisfactory outcome. Talented, motivated, funny and a clear thinker, I would give June my highest recommendation. She is also a magnificent and original writer and a great new voice in Irish Writing.

Jack GilliganBoard Member at The Irish Writers’ Centre (former Chairman)

June Caldwell’s work on the International Programme and Membership at the Irish Writers’ Centre was greatly valued by me and the other directors of the Centre. She is a diligent worker with excellent inter-personal skills and has always shown a willingness to make that extra effort whenever it is needed. Her wide knowledge of the literary sector, her enthusiasm to share her love of literature and her cheerful disposition made her very popular with writers, members of the Centre and with the many international contacts she developed.

Barbara Smith, Poet & Tutor

June Caldwell’s writing is as heartbreakingly honest as it is moving; gritty and realistic, she pulls no punches. An incredible organiser with amazing networking capabilities.

Catherine Dunne, Novelist

June had a dual role in the Italo-Irish Literature Exchange in May of 2012. She was a participant in the public readings that took place at Nogarole Rocca and Verona and she was both professional and highly entertaining, as the audience reaction indicated. In addition, she coordinated the travel plans for seven writers, all with different needs, and did so seamlessly and with great good humour. Her technical expertise also came in handy, and she was consistently generous with her offers of assistance. A dream member of any team.

Anna Carey, Journalist at Irish Times, Co-Editor of The Anti Room

June is an incredibly gifted writer with a distinct and powerful voice whose work for the Anti-Room was sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking, sometimes shocking, sometimes all three and always utterly unique.

Fergal Tobin, Ex-President at Federation of European Publishers, Commissioning Non-fiction Editor at Gill and MacMillan

June was the author/editor of “In Love With a Mad Dog” in 2006, a particularly taxing and difficult assignment. She was professional, punctual and efficient in all her work and was at all times a pleasure to work with.

Padraig O’Morain Former Editor of Éisteach Journal (IACP)

June Caldwell combines originality with reliability. When she wrote an article for Éisteach, the journal of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I found her work stimulating, on time and to the required length. She was a thorough professional in the editing process.If you’re looking for a fresh and original voice presented with skill and professionalism, she’s your woman.

Neil Ward, Director of Communications at GRA

June Caldwell produced a variety of regular features and new projects on a monthly basis for five years for Garda Review. Her input enhanced the development of Ireland’s longest established magazine.

David Quin, Writer, Editor and Copywriter at SwiftWrite, Former Course Leader on PG.Dip and MA Journalism, DIT

I knew June Caldwell as a postgraduate student in Journalism at DIT in 1996/7. She combined great creativity with journalism know-how and skills. She had a gift for sourcing and writing stories, and was a particularly talented writer of feature stories. She has been widely published in the mainstream press. Many of her stories have been picked up and discussed in newspapers and on radio. Her writing has rare vitality, punch and precision. She is an exceptionally gifted writer. In my more than ten years of journalism training, she was the writer who stood out the most.

  1. Hi June,

    I’m writing on behalf of The Open University. We’d like to use your writing in a new creative writing course that is in development and would like to make contact with you to discuss this. If you’d consider granting permission or would like further information, please do let me know.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration!

    With best wishes,

    Natasha Ellis
    Licensing and Acquisitions Assistant
    Content Licensing and Intellectual Property
    The Open University

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