Praise for Kelly’s writing:


The Irish Times: 

‘Creighton has a poet’s eye for imagery and a novelist’s understanding of the value of a good plot.’

San Diego Book Review:

If she keeps this up, Kelly Creighton can be that Next Great Writer.’

The Irish Examiner:

‘Creighton a writer to reckon with.’



Kelly Creighton was born in Belfast and now lives in Newtownards, Co. Down. She teaches creative writing, facilitates arts projects for community groups and mentors new writers.

She writes crime fiction and literary fiction, and is working on a detective series set in Belfast.

Publications to date:

Three Primes (poetry collection) Lapwing Publications, 2013.

The Bones of It (novel) Liberties Press, 2015; reissued by incubator editions, 2017.

(San Diego Book Review novel of the year 2015, nominated for the 2016 Kate O’Brien Award. Studied on the Political Science degree course in the United States.)

Bank Holiday Hurricane (short story collection) Doire Press, 2017.

(Longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Shortlisted in the Short Story Collection category of the Saboteur Awards.)

Her story And Three Things Bumped features in Salt Publishing’s Best British Short Stories 2018.




She is published in journals such as:

Litro, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Lampeter Review, Crannog, Southword journal, 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 time to work on a novel set in South Dakota.



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

The Incubator


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