Author. Poet. Occasional librettist. Sporadic puppeteer.
Caroline Hardaker lives in the north east of England and writes quite a lot of things. She earned her BA (English Literature) and MA (Cultural and Heritage Studies) from Newcastle University, and her main problem is limiting herself to one idea at once, or maybe two ideas, or three…
Caroline’s poetry has been published worldwide, most recently in Magma, The Interpreter’s House, The Emma Press, Neon Magazine, Shoreline of Infinity, Eyewear Publishing’s Best New British and Irish Poets, and Contemporary British Poetry from Platypus Press. This blog was set up in late 2015 and you can see some of her publication credits since then via the Poems and Stories section. Caroline’s first poetry collection (Bone Ovation) was launched in October 2017 by Valley Press, and her second (Little Quakes Every Day) will be published by Valley Press in 2020.
Caroline’s non-fiction work has been published widely in print and online (some under her maiden name Caroline Brown), mostly exploring a philosophical issue or two. She still dips into a spot of freelance journalism when an issue tickles her. Caroline’s also worked with various organisations and community groups to advocate the holistic benefits of writing and making. She currently works as a Content Manager for Newcastle University in the north east of England.
In 2019, Caroline was the Writer in Residence for ‘Moving Parts’ Newcastle Puppetry Festival, a Theatre Reviewer for NARC Magazine, and an occasional Guest Editor for Three Drops From a Cauldron. Throughout 2019 and 2020, she’s collaborating with the Royal Northern College of Music to produce a cycle of operatic art songs to be performed at festivals across the UK in 2020.
Caroline recently completed her first speculative literary novel (more VERY EXCITING news on that soon!) and is currently working on her second novel – a slightly more surrealist affair. One day she’d love to finish her plans for a graphic novel or two and complete those scripts tucked away in her top shelf (she does like to multitask).
Her next grand plan will be to learn how to invent a time machine, so that she can keep up with her creative to-do list, but as yet her thought cloud is a bit too full and fuzzy to work this one out. Oh well.
If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach Caroline or her agent by:
By Email: email@example.com
On Twitter: @carolinehwrites
Through her Literary Agent: Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock
(Photos of Caroline by Envela Castel)