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Claire Hennessy

Claire Hennessy - Editor

Dublin, Ireland

Writer, editor, YA & kidlit addict, tea drinker.


I'm a writer, editor, book reviewer and creative writing facilitator. I'm the author of twelve YA novels, work on children's & YA fiction for Penguin Random House Children's UK/Ireland, co-edit the Irish-based literary journal Banshee, review YA fiction for the Irish Times and other venues, and deliver creative writing workshops (mostly in Dublin but also across Ireland & the UK).
I'm available for: short story & essay critiques, manuscript critiques (esp YA, kidlit, women's fiction, literary fiction), developmental & structural editing for novels (esp YA, kidlit etc), query letter/submission package critiques, etc.

English (UK)
Anthologies Children's - Middle Grade Literature Short Story Young Adult & Teen


  • BA History & English Literature
  • MPhil Popular Literature
  • MPhil Creative Writing

Work experience

Co-founder, co-editor

January, 2015 – Present (almost 3 years)

Irish-based literary journal. I work as one of three editors assessing open submissions & providing editorial feedback on accepted work (including short stories, flash fiction, essays & poetry).


Penguin Ireland/PRH Ireland
October, 2014 – Present (about 3 years)

I work as an editor with Penguin Random House Ireland/PRH Children's UK, assessing manuscripts for children and YA.

Co-founder, co-director, facilitator

Big Smoke Writing Factory
August, 2009 – Present (over 8 years)

I'm co-founder and co-director at the Big Smoke Writing Factory, a creative writing school in Dublin that offers various workshops and courses to beginning and developing writers. In particular, I offer workshops in: novel writing, children's & YA fiction, and publishing. I also provide manuscript critiques, structural/developmental edits and query letter/submission package critiques.

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