Hi and thanks for dropping in!
My name is Niall, and I’m a novelist, poet and English teacher. I’m originally from Kilkenny but now I live and work in South East London. On this site you’ll find news about my upcoming novel, ‘Line’, my other publications, links to resources to help emerging writers, contact details, and my blog – where I post about three of my passions: reading, writing and education.

About Me

After wanting to write for a long time, but not doing much about it, I enrolled part-time in Goldsmiths University’s Teacher/Writer MA. I graduated, with distinction in 2015, and then set myself a goal of having a poetry collection, a short story collection and a novel published within the next five years.

I didn’t quite meet that goal, but having a target really helped me focus on my writing. My work has now been published widely in both the U.K and Ireland, and my stories and poems have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including; The Costa Short Story Award, The New Irish Writer Award, The Melita Hume Poetry Prize, The Tom-Gallon Trust award and The Fitzcarraldo Novel Prize.

In 2017 I was selected to take part in Poetry Ireland’s Introductions series, and in 2018 I published my debut poetry collection, ‘Did You Put The Weasels Out?’, which was longlisted as a Poetry School’s book of the year.

In 2019 I signed with Storyline Literary Agency. The amazing Tramp Press will be publishing my debut novel, ‘Line’, in Spring 2021. Find out more about it here.

Arts Council England awarded me a National Lottery grant to work on  a ‘Choose Your Own’ Poetry adventure – called ‘The Erection Specialists’. The project is currently set to run from January to July 2021.

When I’m not writing, I’m teaching English in a comprehensive secondary school in Bermondsey or spending time with my family in the brilliant South London suburb of Brockley.



Debut Novel


“Tramp Press bags ‘stunning’ Bourke debut” – Coming 8th April 2021"

Did You Put The

Weasels Out?

An epic for an age without heroes, Did You Put The Weasels Out? is a celebration...

The Best New British

And Irish Poets 2018

This anthology comprises work by some of the biggest rising stars and new talents in these isles...

Still Worlds Turning -

New Short Fiction

From Belfast to Bolivia and beyond, these stories will transport the reader to memorable places...

What People Are Saying…



Fans of dystopian fiction will lap us this…sharply funny and astute.



At once appalling and darkly familiar.

– The Irish Independent


The hat has to come off to Bourke here…an entertaining and thought-provoking read.



“Tramp Press has bagged the “stunning” debut novel from Irish writer Niall Bourke … high-concept, philosophical, dystopian, and very smart. It’s the most exciting novel we’ve read in some time.”



A high-concept debut about a dystopian queue reads like a lost fiction classic…genuinely reminiscent of Richard Matheson and Philip K Dick…vastly different to anything coming out in the Irish literary landscape.

– The SUNDAY Times


Brilliantly original…a thought-provoking, beautifully written dystopia which stayed with me long after reading it.