Orlagh O’Farrell was born in County Dublin where she lives, having previously lived and worked for a substantial period in Brussels. She is a lawyer with a background in equality and human rights and is a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Her poems have been published in Cork Literary Review, Crannóg, Longford Virtual Writer, Words On the Wave, and Cork Literary Review Special Edition.
Her poems have been shortlisted and highly commended in competitions such as the Cork Literary Competition, Clogh Writers, South Tipperary Writers, Words on the Wave, Annie Deeny Poetry competition, Strokestown International Poetry Competition (second prize), and the UK National Poetry Competition (longlisted).
She is studying for an M Phil in Writing at the University of South Wales, Cardiff, under the direction of the poet Philip Gross, who is also her tutor. She is working towards a first collection and a thesis on the work of the poet Moya Cannon.
She is a founding member of Airfield Writers.