Kelly Creighton is a novelist, short story writer and poet.
She is the author of BANK HOLIDAY HURRICANE - short story collection (September 2017, Doire Press) longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and shortlisted for a Saboteur Award; THE BONES OF IT - novel (May 2015, Liberties Press; reissued by Incubator Editions) the San Diego Book Review 2015 Novel of the Year and longlisted for the Kate O'Brien Award; and THREE PRIMES - poetry collection (2013, Lapwing).
Praise for BANK HOLIDAY HURRICANE:
The Irish Times: ‘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.’
Bernie McGill: ‘Kelly Creighton’s collection floored me: these are truthful, gritty, hard-hitting stories set largely in small-town post-crash wastelands, of jobless, loveless, aimless individuals whose collective pain will leave a taste in your mouth as acrid as last night’s stale beer and roll-ups. 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. If you like your prose with a bloodied lip, here it is, in all its gunmetal, late-night, bleary-eyed finery.’
Jane Talbot: ‘Dark, witty and cleverly observed.’
Paul McVeigh: ‘Kelly Creighton is a fearless writer with an impressive range. Wide in scope but sharp on impact these stories give voice to characters other writers shy away from.’
Sharon Dempsey: ‘A compelling collection of stories. Dark and bleak at times with just the right lightness of touch to alleviate hopelessness.’
Claire Savage: ‘Kelly deftly draws the reader into the hearts of her characters’ lives. With a knack for observing and expertly describing the minutiae of life, Kelly documents a variety of wider societal issues through her words, personalising these in her stories, which pack a real punch as a result. It’s a compelling collection that you will read quickly – and then want to immediately read again, to savour the language and to reconsider the lives laid bare before you.’
Praise for THE BONES OF IT:
Brian McGilloway: ‘A brilliant crime debut, chilling, compulsive and beautifully written. Fans of The Butcher Boy and The Book of Evidence will find much to love in The Bones of It. A hugely impressive addition to the growing body of Irish crime fiction. I look forward to reading much more from Kelly Creighton.’
The Irish Times: ‘Blackly comic in tone, The Bones of It is a Bildungsroman that evolves into a slow-burning psychological exploration of the mind… an engrossing tale of the consequences of living a life steeped in a culture of violence.’
San Diego Book Review: ‘…true discovered masterpiece of fiction. If she keeps this up, Kelly Creighton can be that Next Great Writer. The Bones of It is not just a novel to read, it is a novel to experience.’
Kelly's fiction and poetry has been recognised by the following awards:
runner-up in the 2014 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award,
runner-up for the Abroad Writers' Conference Short-Short Story Award,
shortlisted for the inaugural Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing (2015),
shortlisted for the 2015 Cúirt New Writing Prize for fiction,
shortlisted for the 2013 Fish Short Story Prize.
Kelly is currently working on a novel and short story collection, and since 2014 has edited The Incubator (an online literary journal showcasing the contemporary Irish short story).
She lives with her family in Co. Down, N. Ireland.