[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Get Writing NI

Established Local Writers

John McAllister

John McAllister was born in Ballymena, and now resides in Armagh, where he does most of his writing and currently runs his own accountancy business.

John successfuly studied for a M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin and has been lecturing in creative writing since 1999, holding the position of Writer in Residence at the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown.

He is the author of the thriller 'Line of Flight' which was his first published novel in 2006. John previously had a short story collection entitled 'The Fly Pool' published in 2003.

Watch John talk about his writing, how he got his work published, his plans for the future and learn some of his top tips.

Scroll through the clip-strip below and click on a thumbnail to choose which of the four videos you want to watch in the media player.

Publications to Date Publications to Date

•  The Fly Pool

•  Line of Flight

John's Top 3 Books Publications to Date

•  How to Write a Novel
John Braine (1974)

"The best guide ever, I even quoted this for my thesis."


• Oxford Concise Dictionary

"Nothing bigger than it! If it's not in it, then you're using words you wouldn't normally use."


•  Any book about Writing for Film...

"Films are very visual, you can look at a film and see structure... it'll help do the same with the structure for your novel."

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.