Seb Reilly is an award-winning writer, fiction author, journalist and columnist, poet, and occasional musician. He writes long-form fiction along with short stories, poetry, essays, non-fiction articles and opinion columns for various publications, both online and in print. He is the Editor of Seaside Gothic.
In 2021 Seb Reilly was awarded Columnist of the Year at the Kent Press and Broadcast Awards for his column in the Isle of Thanet News, following being nominated in 2018 and 2020. He was also shortlisted as a finalist for Kent Feature Journalist of the Year (Print) 2021 for his gonzo series in the Broadstairs Beacon. His fiction has been described as “a masterstroke of characterisation” (Storgy Magazine) and compared to “a how-to guide to duping gullible sods” (The Guardian), and his poetry has been referred to as “perfect” (Dissonance Magazine).
Writing, in all forms, is storytelling. A poem tells a story as much as a non-fiction article. Words strung together create patterns which, when done effectively, are relatable to the reader. To write is to tell stories, but to write well is to elicit the story from the reader which they tell themselves.Seb Reilly, Introduction to Writing Classes
For several years, Seb Reilly has invested in his local writing community, supporting authors and poets in their careers and running critique groups and community projects, and from 2015 to 2020 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Thanet Writers. Seb Reilly offers editing services and writing classes, as well as a writer mentorship programme and regular writing craft essays.
As a seaside resident, Seb Reilly is passionate about living by the sea, a theme that often appears in his work. He lives by the coast in Thanet, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with his family and two cats, and when he is not writing he enjoys music and film.