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I’m delighted to report that Poet in Boots, my new poetry collection has just been published by Brewster Press.

Last summer, I decided to walk the Norfolk coastal path from Cromer to Hunstanton, writing poems as I went. A book of the poems I wrote, illustrated by watercolours by the artist Philip Butler, and my photographs, was published by Brewster Press in September 2015.

This book is my love letter to North Norfolk – its huge skies and fragrant saltmarshes. If you’d like to buy a copy for £6 plus £2 p and p, please email me or find me on Facebook and message me.  

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

Between Wells and Blakeney

Common terns are
small white boats
that wheel and clip with no sail or jib
in cool pools and creeks.

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). She spent her formative years in east London writing, playing drums and singing loudly in various rock bands. In between her creative projects she worked in publishing and education. She came to Norfolk after taking an MA in Creative Writing. A fiction writer, poet, and dramatist, she was selected for the Escalator scheme for fiction writers in 2007, and awarded a grant from Arts Council England in 2008.
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.

In 2007/2008 she was a winner of Channel 4’s The Radio Play’s the Thing competition. She’s won several national short story competitions, and her poems and short stories have appeared recently in The London Magazine, Poetry News and Mslexia.

She’s recently taken to the stage again with Dee Welding in the duo Songbirds, the semi-acoustic band Calamity, and with the reformed Stepney Sisters, the trail-blazing feminist rock band. She can be contacted via the contact page of this website.

was brought up in a sleepy Sussex town and as soon as possible escaped to Paris (where she lived in a garret). She spent her formative years in east London writing, playing drums and singing loudly in various rock bands. In between her creative projects she worked in publishing and education. She came to Norfolk after taking an MA in Creative Writing. A fiction writer, poet, and dramatist, she was selected for the Escalator scheme for fiction writers in 2007, and awarded a grant from Arts Council England in 2008. A collection of her short stories will be published in late 2015 or early 2016.

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 October 2012 she was the winner of the Suffolk Poetry Society George Crabbe prize, and in 2014 she won second prize in the same competition.  

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.

In 2007/2008 she was a winner of Channel 4’s The Radio Play’s the Thing competition. She’s won several national short story competitions, and her poems and short stories have appeared recently in The London Magazine, Poetry News and Mslexia.

She’s recently taken to the stage again with Dee Welding in the duo Songbirds, the semi-acoustic band Calamity, and with the reformed Stepney Sisters, the trail-blazing feminist rock band. 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