Kelly Creighton is a Northern Irish writer and the author of four published books:


short story collection, BANK HOLIDAY HURRICANE,

and THREE PRIMES, a book of poems.

She is currently working on her DI Harriet Sloane detective series, which is set in East Belfast, as well as a couple of standalone books.

PROBLEMS WITH GIRLS (DI Sloane 2) will be released 20th November ’20.

Kelly facilitates creative writing workshops for community groups and schools, and mentors new writers.

She was born in Belfast and now lives in Newtownards, Co. Down with her three dogs, two daughters, two sons and one husband.

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In 2014, Kelly founded The Incubator which she worked on for five years showcasing new Irish writing.

She is published in journals such as: Poetry Ireland Review, Litro, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Lampeter Review, Crannog, Southword, Spontaneity, Honest Ulsterman, Banshee and many more.

Her work features in the following anthologies: North Star – An Anthology of Literature by Northern Irish Women; Her Other Language: Northern Irish Women Writers Address Domestic Violence and Abuse, and Best British Short Stories 2018.

She is co-editing a multi-genre anthology of festive stories featuring local authors.


Kelly’s short fiction and poetry have been noted in the following competitions:

Michael McLaverty Short Story Award, inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing, Cúirt New Writing Prize for Fiction, Fish Short Story Prize, Abroad Writers’ Conference Short-Short Story Award and the Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize.

She was the grateful recipient of a 2017/18 ACES Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which allowed Kelly the opportunity to travel to South Dakota to research for a novel.

In 2019/20 she received a SIAP Award which will buy Kelly time to work on her Boston-based crime novel.


Find out what Kelly is currently reading on Goodreads