Hi, Valerie here – the working half of Owl Fellas’ Press! – dealing with administration, press releases, appointments – all of that sort of time and energy sapping tasks – which I somehow perversely enjoy. I’m a fully qualified Carer and worked in that area for some time. While always an avid reader, it wasn’t until I met Martin that I was introduced to the arts in general, and the advantage of reading works outside my comfort zone. I do hope you enjoy our site, and if you’ve got any questions, wish to engage our company for readings, workshops, to purchase books, please see our Contact page.

Team of Owl Fella's Press

Murt(Martin) Malone is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and playwright. While in the Irish army he served 6 tours of duty with the United Nations in Iraq and Lebanon. His late father, Joe Malone, rode Coniston to victory in the Power Gold Cup and the Jameson Gold Cup in 1962. He was for many years foreman to the Dermot Weld stable. The novel ‘Iapetus, ’81’ reflects a quasi-real-life tale with foundations of truth in two major betting coups in the summer of 1981, one of which rocked the racing world to its core. Set in the local area on the plains of Kildare.  


(a selection)

Kildare Artistic Entrepreneur Bursary Award 2022

Sunday Independent/John B Keane Literary Prize.

RTE Francis MacManus Short Story Prize.

Killarney Bookshop International Short Story Award.

An Cuirt Short Story Prize.

Fallen Leaves Short Story Award.

Ireland’s Own Short Story Award.


(a selection)

RTE Radio PJ O’Connor Radio Play(2).

RTE Francis McManus Short Story Prize.

BBC World Service Short Story Award.

Hennessy Short Story Awards (2).

IMPAC Award.

Hughes& Hughes Irish Novel of the Year.

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Kerry Ingredients Irish Novel of the Year.

FISH Short Story Prize(r/up).

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