Kelly Creighton was born in Belfast. She spent her early years living in Australia and England before settling in Bangor, Co. Down where she developed an overactive imagination, fuelled by her discovery of Roald Dahl, and later, Judy Blume. She spent many hours making mix-tapes from the radio and writing first chapters of books that were sadly cut off in their prime.
As a student at Glenlola Collegiate, she worked part-time jobs in various supermarkets and restaurants, honing her best skill as a people watcher. After school she had a brief stint on an architecture course before realising she was only interested in how personalities are built. After graduation, Creighton worked in supported living schemes supporting adults who had learning difficulties. Then she worked in schools, once her own children came along.
When she had too many children for a childminder to manage sanely, Creighton decided it was finally the right time to write that book. This took two years. A period she considers her apprenticeship. She is glad it will never be published though, like most first books shouldn’t.
Creighton began to study creative writing, braving her fear of criticism by sending her work out there. She is published in many journals, such as: Litro, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Lampeter Review, Crannog, Southword journal, spontaneity.org, Honest Ulsterman, Banshee, and more.
Her work has been noted in a few 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, mainly.
Creighton became an arts facilitator, bringing creative writing workshops to community groups. She also founded The Incubator in 2014 which she still edits. The journal showcases new writing from NI and Ireland. In 2015, her first (published) novel, The Bones of It, received critical acclaim: it was the San Diego Book Review novel of the year 2015 and was nominated for the 2016 Kate O’Brien Award.
Creighton lives in Newtownards where she is one of the co-founders of The Square Circle Writers. She shares her writing space/sofa with her husband, Ryan, their four children (2 girls, 2 boys), and cavalier king charles dogs (2 girls) called Milly and Ruby. At the minute Creighton is working on a police procedural, a short story collection and a poetry collection. For fun she plots books she might one day write while grimly realising she will probably never find the time to share all the stories she is busting to tell.