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Book Launch

Meet the Author at designermakers21
Friday 5 October, 7.30 to 8.30 pm

Come and meet author Caroline Gilfillan, who’s set her first novel, The Terrace, a murder mystery, in Norfolk. Indeed, one of the chapters is set in Diss, and an important character works there.

The book’s protagonist is disgraced journalist Rags Whistledown, who lands on her dad’s doorstep in North Norfolk with just her suitcase, guitar and debts for company. But a chance encounter draws her into a murder mystery she must solve. Does she succeed? You’ll have to read the book to find out.  

During the twelve years she lived in Norfolk, Caroline Gilfillan came to love the landscape and the community. When she came to write her first crime novel, it was the ideal location to choose. She’s been writing fiction for some years. Several of her stories have been published and won prizes, but writing a novel was a new adventure. ‘I wanted to try my hand at writing a longer piece of fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and I hope readers will enjoy the book, too.’ 

Caroline will talk about how she came to write the book, and read short extracts. She’ll also talk about how and why she decided to found her own small publishing house, Cowslip Press.

The world of publishing has changed beyond recognition in the past decade and publishing your own work is now not just possible, but desirable. The commercial publishing world is a cut-throat business, and reputable authors who have been rejected or dropped by agents and publishers are increasingly turning to self-publication. Caroline will talk and answer questions about how to publish your own work, if that is something you want to do. 

She’s also a poet who was involved in Poetry-Next-The-Sea, the poetry festival held until recently in Wells-next-the Sea. Her most recent poetry book, Poet in Boots, is an illustrated account of her walk along the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to Cromer.

Paperback copies of the book will be on sale at the event.  You can find out more about Caroline by visiting her website: www.carolinegilfillan.co.uk

Thatching Demonstration

Many thanks to Boz and Freddie Willows for kindly coming along to designermakers21 last Saturday 15th September to demonstrate traditional thatching methods.

For more information about thatching please contact the East Anglian Master Thatcher's Association or visit their website:

East Anglia Master Thatchers