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I’m delighted to say that ‘The Terrace’, my murder mystery novel set in North Norfolk, has just been published by Cowslip Press. I grew up reading (and re-reading) the novels of Agatha Christie, and when I decided to write a crime novel, I wanted to craft a whodunit set in a rural community updated for the 21st century. My sleuth is Rags Whistledown, a female journalist who returns to North Norfolk out of work, out of funds and out of luck. Here she gets drawn into solving a murder, and along the way has to face up to her own failings, and mend family rifts. She’s no Miss Marple: she’s a flawed, forty-something female with all the baggage and desires that come along with that. She’s also warm-hearted and smart enough to admit her mistakes. I hope you like her.

This book is the first is the series of Rags Whistledown books set in North Norfolk. Look out for ‘The Theatre’, the second book in the series, which will be published in 2019.  Zosia Wand, author of ‘Trust Me’ and ‘The Accusation’ – two stunning psychological thrillers – has said of the book: ‘Vivid, original characters and a page-turning plot. A joy to read.’ 

You can buy a paperback copy of the book directly from me for £8.99 plus postage and packing if you email me at caroline.gilfillan@btinternet.com. Or you can buy it through Amazon, or order it at a local bookshop. The book is also for sale in e-book form, on Kindle and other devices, for £3.99. Please search for it using my full name (Caroline Gilfillan). As I’m also a poet and a writer of literary fiction, I’ve published this novel under the name C R Gilfillan to distinguish it from my other work, but Amazon only recognises my full name in its search engine.

I live in the Lake District now, and am thrilled that two of my poems are to appear in an anthology of poetry by Cumbrian writers this autumn. The book is called ‘This Place I Know’ (Handstand Press). My two poems are about a train journey shared with a hen party from Barrow-in-Furness, and a visit to the isolated and imposing Sunkenkirk Stone Circle – two contrasting aspects to life in South Lakeland.   

Welcome to my site.  If you want to contact me, please do. Caroline.Gilfillan@btinternet.com  I’d love to hear from you. 

Biography

Caroline Gilfillan was brought up in a sleepy Sussex town and as soon as possible escaped to Paris, where she lived in a garret close to the Louvre. She spent her formative years in east London writing, playing drums and singing in soulful bands. In between her creative projects she worked in publishing and education. She gained an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. A fiction writer, poet, and dramatist, she was selected for the Norfolk Escalator scheme for fiction writers, and awarded a grant from Arts Council England.

‘Poet in Boots’, an illustrated poetry pamphlet about her walk along the Norfolk Coastal Path, was published in 2015. Her collection, ‘Pepys’ (a poetic biography of the diarist Samuel Pepys) was published by Hawthorn Press in November 2012. ‘Yes’, (Hawthorn Press, 2010), won the award for the best poetry book in the East Anglian Book Awards. She won the Poetry-next-the-Sea competition in 2011 for a poem that forms part of that collection. In 2012 and 2015 she was the winner of the Suffolk Poetry Society George Crabbe prize.

She’s written poetry all her life, and her early work was published in ‘Seven Women’ and ‘One Foot on the Mountain’.  Her poem ‘The Painter’ was nominated for the Forward Prize for the best individual poem in 2007 and her work appeared in the ‘Forward Collection of Poetry’ in the same year.  She was a winner of the North West Poetry competition in 2000, and ‘Drowned in Overspill’, a collection of her poetry, was published by Crocus Books in the same year.

Her short stories have won and been placed in several national short story competitions, and her poems and short stories have appeared in ‘The London Magazine’, ‘Poetry News’ and ‘Mslexia’, and on the ‘InkTears’ website.

She’s also a singer/songwriter, performing solo and in the semi-acoustic duo Further to Fly, with Debs Williams.  

She can be contacted via the contact page of this website.

Mentoring

I now have space for some writers on my mentoring programme. Cost is only £45 for up to 4,000 words of prose or 80-100 lines of poetry. More information on my mentoring page