Caroline Gilfillan Writer

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Hello. I’m a novelist and poet, living in the Lake District after long spells in North Norfolk and London. I’ve recently published The Terrace and The Peasmash Players, two murder mystery novels featuring Rags Whistledown, a funky but flawed forty-something who moves to Norfolk after being driven out of London by a combination of misfortune and debt.

The Peasmarsh Players will be published in ebook and paperback on 30 September 2020. Watch out for news of online launch events, and sign up for my monthly newsletter by filling in the form on the contact page. The newsletter will let you know what I’m up to, publicise opportunities for writers, and recommend books, films, television and audio.

I also write literary fiction; my short stories have appeared in Mslexia and The London Magazine, and have won national short story awards. I’m currently working on a World War 2 novel featuring a badly behaved woman left in London on her own when her husband joins the army and her daughter is evacuated. It has a more literary flavour than my North Norfolk novels, but is similar in that it features a powerful, lovable but flawed female protagonist.

Launch of The Terrace

I’m also a poet. Poet in Boots, an illustrated poetry pamphlet about my walk along the Norfolk Coastal Path, was published in 2015, and my collection, Pepys (a poetic biography of the diarist Samuel Pepys) was published by Hawthorn Press in November 2012. My collection Yes, (Hawthorn Press, 2010), won the award for the best poetry book in the East Anglian Book Awards. In 2019 I won the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry, and was placed second in the Suffolk Poetry Society competition.

Over the years I’ve worked with many novelists and poets, helping them to develop their work. It’s something I love to do, and I now have space for some writers on my mentoring programme. The cost is £50 for up to 4,000 words of prose or 80-100 lines of poetry. Contact me via email for more information.


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 young adult 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 and was was selected for the Norfolk Escalator scheme for fiction writers, and awarded Arts Council England funding. She’s also a singer/songwriter, performing solo and in the semi-acoustic duo Further to Fly, with Debs Williams.