Winner of the 2019 Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award. 

Shortlisted for the Brighton Short Story Prize 2018. Published in their anthology 2019. 

Short Story Published in Sputnik Magazine 2019.

Artworks published in in The Edinburgh Art Book 2019.

Awarded second place in the 2017 JuxtaProse International Short Story Contest, winning publication in 2018.

2017 Emerging Writer at Edinburgh International Book Festival, with Edinburgh City of Literature. 

2016 Awardee of the Dr Murray McGregor Writing Scholarship to Gladstones Library.

MSc in Creative Writing from Edinburgh University. 

 I write to explore and ask questions.


My stories are often a ‘stretching out,’ of the things in the world that are already slightly improbable or strange.

Synaesthesia. Instagram filters. The nature of morality in a post-truth society.

 My fiction proposes: if we took this idea that we all take for granted and throw it out into a different situation, lit beneath different lights- what would we see?


I have two novels in progress at the moment. One is Literary Science Fiction, about a man who invents a way to record his memories in three dimensions. It's about the instinct to create and edit the narrative of our own lives. The way recollection can be a balm and a poison. My catchphrase for the novel is this:  To consider ourselves we must be split in two: the watcher and the watched. 


My other novel series is Middle Grade High Fantasy adventure, filled with unlikely friendships, swamplands and speaking storms. It's about finding your voice, and once you've found it, finding a true thing to speak. 

I continue to write short stories, essays and reviews. 

 www. hannahkelly.co.uk


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