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

Her books include THE SLEEPING SEASON (DI Sloane 1), and PROBLEMS WITH GIRLS (Sloane 2 – coming 20th November ’20, and now available to pre-order).

She is also the author of critically acclaimed psychological thriller, THE BONES OF IT; and competition-noted short story collection, BANK HOLIDAY HURRICANE, as well as THREE PRIMES, a book of poems. (Both books are available to buy via the author’s Contact page.)

Kelly is co-editor of UNDERNEATH THE TREE: a multi-genre Christmas anthology featuring writers living in NI – to be published in November 2020.

As well as writing full-time, Kelly works as a literary editor, mentor to new writers and freelance tutor. She facilitates creative writing workshops for community groups and schools. Kelly has presented and read her work at many literary festivals in the UK, Ireland and America.

Born in Belfast, she now lives in Newtownards, Co. Down, with her three dogs, two daughters, two sons and one husband.

Kelly is a proud member of Women Aloud NI and co-founder of the Square Circle Writers in her hometown.

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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, Bangor Literary Journal 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.


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