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Conor O'Callaghan

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA Writing / MA Creative Writing


Conor O'Callaghan is an Irish poet, novelist and memoirist. He teaches creative writing undergrad and postgrad modules. He is also course leader for the MA Writing and the new MA Creative Writing.


Conor O'Callaghan was born in Northern Ireland and grew up ten miles away in the Republic of Ireland. He has published four books of poetry, most recently The Sun King in 2013, and has published countless essays and reviews of contemporary poetry. His comic sport memoir Red Mist appeared from Bloomsbury in 2004. His first novel, Nothing on Earth, is due from Transworld/Doubleday in 2016.

Specialist areas of interest

Poetry, Lifewriting


Department of Humanities

Social Sciences and Arts


MA Writing, MA Creative Writing, BA Creative Writing

Gothic House Fictions


Nothing on Earth, a novel, to appear from Transworld/Doubleday in May 2016


Journal articles

O'Callaghan, C. (2011). Smoke ‘n’ Guns: A preface to a poem about marginal Souths and then the poem. Southern Cultures, 17 (1), 103-112.


O'Callaghan, C. (2018). Live Streaming. Wake Forest University Press.

O'Callaghan, C. (2016). Nothing on earth. Doubleday.

O'Callaghan, C. (Ed.). (2013). The Wake Forest series in Irish poetry. Vol. 3. Wake Forest University Press.

O'Callaghan, C. (2013). The Sun King. Loughcrew: Gallery Press.

Other activities

Creative Writing external examiner at Queens University, Belfast

Postgraduate supervision

Ben Wilkinson, Hazel Frankiel

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