Niall writes both prose and poetry. He is originally from Kilkenny, in Ireland, but now lives in London. In 2015 he graduated from the Teacher/Writer MA in the University of Goldsmiths London with distinction.
He has been published in a number of journals and magazines in the UK and Ireland, including The Galway Review; Southbank Poetry; Magma Poetry; Three Drops From A Cauldron; Roadside Fiction; Prole; Holdfast Magazine; Dodging The Rain; The Runt; Ink Sweat and Tears; The Poetry Broadsheet (as part of Kilkenny Arts Week); A Bowl of Mysteries: Poetry Ireland Introductions 2017 e-book and both the 2016 and 2017 Eyewear Best New British and Irish Poetry Anthologies.
He has been highly commended for the Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award (for both poetry and fiction) and has been shortlisted The Costa Short Story Award; The Bare Fiction Poetry Prize; the 2016 Melita Hume Prize for best debut collection by a poet under 35; The Cambridge International Short Story Prize; was runner up in the Mairtín Crawford Short Story Award and won third place in the University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Competition. In 2017 he was one of twelve poets selected for the Poetry Ireland’s Poetry Introductions series.
He is currently working on his debut short story collection, for which he is seeking representation.
Publications and Awards
- My poem ‘Eight Algorithms For The Self-driving Self’ won third place in The University of Hertfordshire Poetry Competition.
- Read at the Duiske Inn as part of the Graiguenamanagh Town of Books fesival
- Nominated for Best of the Net poetry by Dodingtherain.com
- A very in-depth review by Chris Edgoose here.
- Story The Whale runner up in the Mairtín Crawford Short Story prize.
- Read 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.
- Story The Hands Of The Andes highly commended in The Over The Edge New Writer Of The Year Award.
- Read with the excellent Chrissy Williams and Robert Cole at the Brockley Max poetry event in the Brockley Brewery.
- Read at Poetry Ireland as part of the Dublin Festival of literature.
- Selected for the 2017 poetry introductions series run by Poetry Ireland.
- Read with very talented Harriet Creelman at the Blythe Hill Tavern poetry night.
- Signed contract with Eyewear press to publish debut collection/novella in early 2018
- Became involved in the poetry interviews project run by Aaron Kent.
- 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
- Selected to attend Paul Muldoon poetry workshop as part of Kilkenny Arts Week
- Two poems (Catatonia and Peadorists and Terrorphiles) published in Magma poetry issue 65 – Revolutions
- Read at the launch of Best New British and Irish Poetry Anthology 2016 by Eyewear Press
- Lord Knows I Can Be Cruel published on Ink, Sweat and Tears
- Shortlisted for the 2015 Barefiction Poetry Prize.
- Graduated with distinction from Teacher/Writer MA from Goldsmiths University of London
- 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 (both poetry and prose).
- Guest judge fot the Red Line Mgazine Fiction competitition.
- Published in the Three Drops From A Cauldron print anthology.
- Story ‘Unexpected Item In The Bagging Area’ published in The Galway Review.
- Longlisted for The Short Story award.
- Four poems published in The Galway Review and The Bogman’s Cannon.
- Poem ‘The Word Circus’ published in Silver Apples magazine.
- Story ‘What Laffarty Talked About When He Talked About Love’ published on Roadside Fiction.
- Poem ‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’ published on Three Drops From A Cauldron.
- Story ‘Deadelus’ published in Holdfast Magazine.
- Story ‘The Closest We Got To The Sugarcane’ published in Prole Fiction.
- Read at the launch of Southbank Poetry Competition Edition.
- Poem ‘Death and Taxes’ longlisted for the Southbank Poetry London Poetry Award and published in Southbank Poetry Competition Edition.