Born in Melbourne Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. After studying at the Victorian College of the Arts, and working for a number of years in the theatre where several plays were produced, Mark turned to fiction and also poetry. A first collection of poems The Too Bright Sun was published in 1996. He has also published a novella Captain Cook (Pascoe, 1987), and the play Paterson’s Curse (Currency Press, 1988). A second book of poems The Good Oil was published in 2000. A second novel Grassdogs was published in 2006 after winning the Harper Collins/Varuna manuscript prize. What Can Be Proven, a third collection of poems was published in 2007. A selection of these poems, Falling Awake, was published by Picaro Press in 2010.
His short stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines both here and overseas including Australian Book Review, The Bulletin, The Good Weekend, Heat, Westerly, Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Overland, New Australian Stories, Picador New Writing, and many others.
In 2001 he was funded by the NSW Ministry for the Arts to write the play Eleanor & Eve, which premiered at Varuna in 2002, and was remounted at the Q Theatre in 2003. This play was the most successful production there for five years. In 2007 he traveled to Ireland courtesy of the Australia Council. He was for five years a member of the Board of Varuna Writers House.
Mark’s third novel, The Forgotten World, was published by Fourth Estate/HarperCollins Australia in 2013. False Start, A Memoir of things Best Forgotten, was published by Finch Publishing in 2012. His fourth, The Last Days of Ava Langdon, was published by UQP in 2016.