I live in East Kilbride, near Glasgow in Scotland, where I spend most all my time raising my twin son and daughter. In my spare time I work as an editor of television programmes for the BBC. When I’m not doing either of those things I write stories, read stories and watch stories.

My first novel, A Justified State, was published in late 2018, and the follow-up, State Of Denial, was released in 2019. The conclusion to ‘The State’ trilogy, ‘State Of War’, will be released in Spring 2020. A collection of early short pieces, Collected Sketches, was published in late 2016. All are available from Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

The main purpose of this blog is to post my fiction writing. In the past I have reviewed films and books and I may carry on doing the occasional bit of that too. Thanks for taking the time to read anything, all comments, shares and likes are welcome and I hope you enjoy.

Here are links to a few posts I’ve written in or featured in that tell you a bit more about me and my writing:




Interview With Iain Kelly on writing and blogging on MANDIBELLE16’s blog.

Interview with the Television Editor: a fun / bizarre / surreal interview I gave to some hamsters on SHEHANNE MOORE’s blog. 

**All posts, blogs, views expressed here are mine, and do not in any way represent or reflect the view of the BBC **

90 thoughts on “ABOUT IAIN KELLY

  1. I really like your blog! I will be reading so keep posting 🙂
    I could tell you studied film in comes through and you have excellent insight!

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  2. Iain, really like your blog, good work sir. I’m looking to talk to someone working in post in scotland about work over there, would it be okay to ask you some quick questions?


  3. Iain, very nice to meet and learn more about you! Thank you for following my blog, I will certainly take time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂


  4. Well that sounds like a very demanding sort of job. Or at least challenging. I’m guessing writing is a bit of an escape for you then? Thanks so much for the follow. I will look forward to reading your work. 🙂

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  5. Hi there Iain, one of my most delightful friends hails from Scotland. When I first saw her I thought she looked like an angel. Her hair (from birth) is a delicately wavy snow white. And when I heard her lilting Scottish voice, I was even more delighted 🙂 And I am now delighted to welcome you to my blogging community ! You’ve probably noticed I like to tell tales too – of many varieties. I’m off to read some of yours…..

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  6. Lovely to connect Iain. I will be popping back to catch up on your progress. Thank you for following my blog it is appreciated.
    BTW my 1st husband was Scottish and I love the wildness of the place. Full of mystery and legend and inspiration for my stories.

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    1. Thanks Mandy, enjoyed looking at your blog, will be back to browse some more. Glad you like Scotland – not so romantic now that we’re heading into cold, wet winter again, but it does have great scenery to inspire!

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    1. I never owned one myself, but would love to be able to get one and type a novel on it. Computers have their place – blogs like this for example – but they lack the romance of a typewriter 🙂

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  7. Thank you for taking an interest in our Writer’s Community. I hope you visit often and CLICK THE BLUE FROG to read the prose from our tiny community.

    If you are only a reader, all of our community will welcome your feedback. We love hearing form our readers!

    If you are a writer, please feel welcome to visit here weekly for a stab at finding a prompt that will wet-your-whistle and get some creative juices flowing.

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  8. Thank you for the follow! I’ve been going through your blog, and there are some very interesting things on here. Flash fiction is always tough to write, but it presents a very interesting challenge.

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  9. Hello Iain. Thanks for the follow on pensitivity101, glad to have you aboard. Hope you’ll have a dig around and post a few comments on anything of interest. I love the ffedback and interaction. Welcome!

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  10. Hi there, I’ve nominated you for a Mystery Blogger Award as I’ve enjoyed your blog so much! Accepting the award was actually quite a lot of effort so I completely understand if you don’t want to accept it 🙂 If you do, all the (quite detailed…) instructions are on my blog. Cheers, Barb.


  11. Hi Iain! We met during the A to Z Challenge. Just wanted to let you know that for pure fun, I started a #FictionFriday Challenge where music lyrics are used as prompts and we could read each other’s work. If you are interested, feel free to take a look. Cheers! M xoxo

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    1. Thanks for this – how did I miss that you had another blog? Had a quick look, will download for the kids some time soon. Lovely stuff. If you’re happy to I’m sure they would enjoy more so if you want to email me your other book, that would be warmly received I’m sure!


      1. I have a good friend there. I lived in Glasgow too, briefly, Battlefield, then Govan, then a posh bit for a short time, where there’s a butterfly farm. It was a wonderful time.


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  12. I didn’t realize you had a book of short stories out, awesome! *Filing this info aside so I’ll have reading material for vacation.* You could probably start another with the great stories you included in the challenge.

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  13. hi iain – what an interesting life you lead – best of luck with your fiction writing. thanks for following my words and look forward to reading yours as well –

    best, beth

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  14. Lovely to meet you, Iain. I think it’s great that you’re sharing your fiction writing. What a great motivator to do it! Thanks for following my blog. 🙂 Looking forward to reading your work. And very cool job that you have too.
    Blessings, Debbie

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    1. Haha, funnily enough that wasn’t me that set the price! Paperback no longer available, someone is selling on a copy, I suspect no one is going to pay that price! Enjoy the kindle version, hope it stands up okay, a couple of years ago now 🙂

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  15. Greetings Iain, I read your book a Justified State in one sitting. Captivated from the first pages. It is masterfully written, a realistic future State that may only be a few generations away if the citizens continue as blind and self involved as we are today. Your plot was brilliant, with characters that grabbed your attention, and incredible detail in every scene. It is most definitely Orwellian! It could be taught in High School. A page turner, exciting, and emotional, I can’t say enough. Jordan

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    1. Thank you so much Jordan, firstly for buying the book and secondly for your wonderful comment. I haven’t had much feedback yet but to get such a glowing review makes me so pleased. I’ve had an idea for a sequel so the story may not be over yet! It would be great if you could give the book a quick review on Amazon too, even just copy the comments you left here – it might help convince a few others to give it a read. Thank you so much again Jordan, your support means a lot 🙂

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      1. My pleasure Iain! Truly a great novel!! I also shared on Facebook as I have friends in the UK and Scotland. As well as in the US. I wish you the best of luck and cannot wait for the sequel!!

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