Caroline Gilfillan grew up near Brighton and spent most of her childhood turning over stones in rock pools. She lived in London for a long time, forming Stepney Sisters, a feminist rock band, with fellow female friends after becoming eager to move beyond banging the tambourine and singing crunchy backing vocals. At the same time she published her first short stories and poetry and joined an intense, mouthy writing group. Just before the millennium she signed up for an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Leaving London gave her more time to write and she never returned to the big smoke. She’s published four collections of poetry, most recently Poet In Boots (Brewster Press, 2015), a love letter to North Norfolk. Obsessed by history, her first full collection, Pepys (2012), explored the life of the irrepressible London diarist. Her short fiction has been published in The London Magazine, Mslexia and elsewhere, and she’s won and been placed in short story competitions. She’s also written novels she hopes will soon be published – but that’s another story. She now lives in the Lake District, where she scrambles on to the roof of the world inventing characters and poems as she climbs.