Kelly Creighton is a Northern Irish novelist, crime writer, short story writer and poet. She is the author of the Detective Inspector Harriet Sloane series set in East Belfast.

Kelly began her career as a visual artist. In 2014 she founded The Incubator literary journal, which concentrates on the contemporary Irish short story.

The author of six published books, they can all be purchased online or ordered from your favourite indie bookstore.


Launching in May 2022, Souls Wax Fair is a #MeToo literary thriller set over twenty-five years and against the stunning backdrop of Rapid City, South Dakota. Souls is now available to pre-order for kindle.

Kelly’s 2015 debut novel, the psychological thriller The Bones of It, was the San Diego Book Review Book of the Year. Set after the Good Friday Agreement, the novel about masculinity was taught on a political violence degree course in the States. 


The Sleeping Season

DI Sloane #1 – March 2020. Detective Inspector Harriet Sloane is plagued by nightmares while someone from her past watches from a distance. Local four-year-old River, vanishes from his room. Sloane must put her own demons to bed and find the boy. Before it’s too late.

Problems with Girls 

DI Sloane #2 – November 2020. A young political activist is stabbed to death in the office of a progressive political party. The killer seems to have a problem with girls. Set in 2018, a month after the Belfast Rape Trial and the #ibelieveher rallies that took place throughout Ireland, PWG establishes the Sloane series as ‘distinctly feminist’.

The Town Red

DI Sloane #3 – coming 29.10.21. A cold case: In the late 1970s, Karen Ward was a teenager when she was murdered just yards away from her Belfast home. At the time, people thought they saw Karen with a man, but time has moved on and now witnesses are thin on the ground. Now available to pre-order.

The DI Sloane series is all available to own here.


Kelly’s loosely linked short story collection, Bank Holiday Hurricane (2017), was Edge Hill Prize longlisted and Saboteur Award shortlisted.

Her second short story collection Everybody’s Happy (May 2021), contains eight stories set in the art world.

Alongside Claire Savage, Kelly is a co-editor of the multi-genre Christmas short story anthology Underneath the Tree, which showcases local genre writers.


Kelly’s first poetry chapbook, Three Primes, was published by Lapwing in 2013.

Fun Poems for Kids is a booklet of poems that she and her nine-year-old daughter, Martha, completed over the lockdowns. It aims to encourage children to read and write poetry.

Kelly’s work has been published in over a hundred literary journals and featured in many anthologies. She has graced many poetry and short story prize shortlists over the years.

Her work has always been generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

She has presented at numerous literary festivals in the UK, Ireland and America. 

Kelly lives in Co Down with her family.

Amazon author page UK

Amazon author page USA


Find out what Kelly is currently reading on Goodreads