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Poet in Boots, my new poetry collection (Brewster Press), is now on sale. It contains poems inspired by my walk along the Norfolk coastal path from Hunstanton to Cromer. A book of the poems, 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 salt marshes. If you’d like a copy, please email me at caroline.gilfillan@btinternet.com or find me on Facebook and message me. It costs £6 plus £2 for postage and packing.

I’ve recently moved to Ulverston in the Lake District. Though I miss my Norfolk friends, I love being part of the writing and music community up here. I’m involved in Poem and a Pint (www.apoemandapint.co.uk) which organises regular poetry events, and am a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets and Barrow Writers. This summer my short play, ‘Layla and Johnny’, was produced as part of the splendid Kendal Yarns festival, organised by Kendal Community Theatre. The town of Kendal hosted 58 plays in venues throughout the town. The pay was then performed again in Ulverston. I’m so grateful to the cast who gave up their free time to take part in the production, and to my wonderful director Janys Chambers.

I’ve completed a crime novel set in North Norfolk (to be published in 2017), and am revisiting my novel about the Second World War. It features Beryl, a woman released from a less than happy marriage when her husband joins the army. The book follows her adventures (and there are many) throughout the war.   

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.


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 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.

She was a winner of Channel 4’s The Radio Play’s the Thing competition.  Her short stories have won and been placed in several national short story competitions, and her poems and short stories have appeared recently in The London Magazine, Poetry News and Mslexia, and on the InkTears website.

She’s also a singer/songwriter, performing in semi-acoustic duos Further to Fly (with Debs Williams), and G and T (with Anni Tracy).

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


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