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Creative Writing

Welcome to Stranmillis Creative Writing    

We all have stories to tell, about the past, about the living and the dead. By writing we preserve these experiences and give life to an unspoken and unwritten world which lies dormant within each of us. Through the use of image, poetry and prose students have felt the challenge to put their talent to the test.  The experience has been surprising and creative.

Many of thewriters whose short stories have been placed on this site are travelling back through personal experiences, while others are creating new fictions to engage and entertain.

I hope that you enjoy these stories and that perhaps you may find time and place to write your own. Will you be the next contributor?

Picture of Michael McCurley Course TutorMichael McCurley
Coordinator of the College’s Lifelong Learning Creative Writing Group


  Bill's First Flight    by Bill Johnston:   In memoriam: Bill Johnston, 1919 – 2011 describes an exciting biplane flight over Donegal Bay in 1933.

A Grand Night Out   by Patricia Smyth:   A mischievous prose which bubbles with humour and suppressed laughter. Writing from a male perspective, Patricia shows with comic insight the awkward lover on his first date trying to impress.
  An Ordinary Man   by Deborah Lacey:   A black and white photograph. The stories behind the smiles.


Corinna    by Stanley Adair:   A ghostly love story in blue and white on the island of Santorini.

Office at Night    by Jim Devenney:   Finding words to fit the body language of two people alone in an office. The ambient sounds and texture of secret lives and their hidden stories.

Oh Brother    by Phillippe Smyth:   An  old school and real names taken from an old register. A story that has an authentic ring to its setting, characters and dialogue. …Enjoy!


The House    by Jim Devenney:   A life in changing houses and changing cars. Forty years growing and shrinking.


The Photograph    by Jim Devenney:   This photograph sends its own very personal message to the writer.


The Shed    by Deborah Lacey:   A man’s world?  A retreat from reality ? A place to dream and remake oneself? Why can Christine never leave the shed?
  Vintage Toy     by Deborah Lacey:   A Christmas story… betrayal and innocence under the one season. 

A Dark Night    by Therese Smyth:   A family tale told from the perspective of a child who is dramatically and painfully presented with a sad and shocking reality…



Joan's War    by Bill Johnston:   Bill’s future wife helps break the Enigma code and keeps Bill in the dark!

The contributions © the individual authors. The collection © Stranmillis University College 2012