Author. Poet. Novelist. 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 debut poetry collection, Bone Ovation, was published by Valley Press in 2017, and her first full length collection, Little Quakes Every Day, was published by Valley Press in November 2020.

Caroline’s debut novel, Composite Creatures, was published by Angry Robot in April 2021.

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.

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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 the 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. Since 2019, she’s also been 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 September 2020, Folk Tales premiered at the Tête à Tête Festival in London.

Caroline is currently working on her second novel – a slightly 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).

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach Caroline or her agent by:

By Email:

On Twitter: @carolinehwrites

Through her Literary Agent: Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock

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(Photos of Caroline by Envela Castel)