Kelly Creighton is the author of four books. Novels, THE SLEEPING SEASON and THE BONES OF IT. Short story collection, BANK HOLIDAY HURRICANE. And THREE PRIMES, a book of poems.

She writes crime fiction, literary fiction and poetry.

Currently, Kelly is working on a detective series set in East Belfast, as well as a couple of standalone books.

THE SLEEPING SEASON (book 1 in the DI Harriet Sloane series) was published on 27 March 2020 and is now available to buy here – and from No Alibis, Belfast.

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

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

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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.


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