Interviewed by Katy Conneely on Dublin City FM – All About Books: Listen Here

Niall Bourke from Kilkenny has won the prestigious Linen Hall Michael McLaverty Short Story Award for his story ‘The Catch’. 

Cover Revealed for my ‘Choose Your Own Poetry Adventure’ – The Erection Specialists – Coming Spring 2022 from Brokensleep Books!



Lines reviewed in Hotpress magazine.

Line reviewed in The Irish Times.

Line Reviewed in The Sunday Times.

Huge thanks to Niamh Donelly for the following interview in the Irish Independent.

Big thanks to Maeve Mulrennan for this interview, posted over at The Honest Ulsterman.

Very excited to announce that Broken Sleep Press will be publishing my ‘Choose Your Own Poetry Adventure’ collection, called The Erection Specialists,  in February 2022!

Thanks to Niamh Donnelly for this interview in The Irish Times.  

Line Picked as forthcoming novel from an independent press watch out for in 2021

My story The Hunt was highly commended in the Costa Short Story Award.

Line picked as a 2021 novel to watch out for in The Irish Times.

Line picked as a 2021 novel to look out for in The Irish Independent.

Cover for Line revealed!



My story The Erection Specialists was published in The Honest Ulsterman. You can read 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 and I’ll be posting updates as I go.

Final edits on my debut novel Line are nearly done! Publication is slated for 8th April 2021 – and cover reveal coming soon.



Tramp Press bag ‘stunning’ Bourke debut.

‘Line’ shortlisted for Fitzcarraldo Novel Prize.

‘The Hands Of The Andes’ published in ‘Still World Turning’ by No Alibis Press. 

‘The Envelope’ shortlisted for New Irish Writing Award.

‘Gerardo Dreams Of Chillies’ shortlisted for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award.



Did You Put The Weasels Out? longlisted as a Poetry School 2018 book of the year.

Did You Put The Weasels Out? mentioned by the excellent Jackie Gorman as a book of the year in ‘The Lonely Crowd’.

My poem The Fun House was longlisted for The Troubadour International Poetry Prize.

My poem Eight Algorithms For The Self-driving Self won third place in The University of Hertfordshire Poetry Competition.

A great review from Giles Turbull published on Inkpantry.com

Reading at the Duiske Inn as part of the Graiguenamanagh Town of Books festival

Nominated for Best of the Net poetry by Dodingtherain.com

A very in-depth review by Chris Edgoose here.

A lovely review of Weasels from Nick Garrad over at Storgy.

Story The Whale runner up in the Mairtín Crawford Short Story prize.

Reading at The Poetry Cafe as part of the Irish Shuffle Event.

‘Niall Bourke fails to disappoint’ – Weasels reviewed in The Irish Times.

In-depth interview about Weasels with Sam Murphy from Headstuff.

A great article on the road to Weaseldom posted on writing.ie

A lovely write up in The Kilkenny People – KK People

Did You Put The Weasels Out? launched in the London Review Of Books Bookshop.

Story The Whale longlisted for The Cambridge International Short Story Prize.



The Hands Of The Andes highly commended in The Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award.

Reading with the excellent Chrissy Williams and Robert Cole at the Brockley Max poetry event in the Brockley Brewery. 

Reading at Poetry Ireland as part of the Dublin Festival of literature.

Selected for the 2017 poetry introductions series run by Poetry Ireland.



Shortlisted for the Melita Hume Debut Poetry Collection Prize

Shortlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award for poetry

Selected for the Eyewear Best New British and Irish Poetry Anthology 2017

Longlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award for prose

Two poems (Catatonia and Peadorists and Terrorphiles) published in Magma poetry issue 65 – Revolutions

Poem Lord Knows I Can Be Cruel published on Ink, Sweat and Tears

Shortlisted for the 2015 Barefiction Poetry Prize.

Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Short Story Award. My story, Gerardo Dreams of Chillies, can be read here

Nice write up in The Guardian and the Goldsmiths Alumni newsletter



Shortlisted for the 2015 Over the Edge New Writer Of The Year Award.

Poem ‘Death and Taxes’ longlisted for the Southbank Poetry London Poetry Award and published in Southbank Poetry Competition Edition.