About Kelly

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.


Her publications to date are:

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.


In 2014, Kelly founded The Incubator which she still curates.

She is published in journals such as:

Litro, The Stinging Fly, Cyphers, Lampeter Review, Crannog, Southword journal, Spontaneity, Honest Ulsterman, Banshee, and 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 her next novel which is set in South Dakota.