Bank Holiday Hurricane

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published by Doire Press (September 2017)

Longlisted for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize

Shortlisted for the 2018 Saboteur Awards

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 ‘The 16 stories are by turns gritty and moving. Creighton has a poet’s eye for imagery and a novelist’s understanding of the value of a good plot.’

The Irish Times

‘Kelly Creighton’s collection floored me. Distinctive, powerful and filled, at times, with an electric high-wire tension, they contain a lyricism that comes at you sideways and will knock the wind right out of you.’

Bernie McGill

‘A wonderfully written collection about love, loss and cruelty.’

The Irish Examiner

‘Dark, witty and cleverly observed.’

Jane Talbot

Kelly Creighton is a fearless writer with an impressive range. Sharp on impact these stories give voice to characters other writers shy away from.’

Paul McVeigh

‘A compelling collection of stories.’

Sharon Dempsey

‘Kelly deftly draws the reader into the hearts of her characters’ lives. It’s a compelling collection that you will read quickly – and then want to immediately read again.’

Claire Savage

‘sophisticatedly nervy, bruised, moving, memorable short stories.’

Damian Smyth


A woman picks up what is left of her life after her release from prison; a young couple are about to set off for Australia when a leaving party changes everyone’s fate; lifelong friends keep deep secrets that could fracture each other’s lives; in Manchester, paths cross for two people who have not seen each other since the genocide in Rwanda. Bank Holiday Hurricane is a collection about dislocation, disenchantment and second chances, told through linked stories set in and around a Northern Irish town, and further afield.