Gilly Goldsworthy

Gilly Goldsworthy

After a lifetime of wanting to, Gilly put aside her fears and picked up the pen seven years ago. She studied creative writing with both the Open University and the Open College of the Arts, but believes that the only real way to learn to write, is to write. So she writes short stories, and has a real passion for travel writing. She has been working on her first novel, a contemporary version of an African myth, for quite some time.

Gilly loves observing people and places, rarely missing a detail, either with her eyes or her camera. She blogs at Lucid Gypsy, where she regularly uses her own photos to inspire her poetry, including the Japanese short forms of haiku and tanka.


Gilly Goldsworthy in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

Exeter, UK.

What do you love about short stories?

I like to be able to leave my readers wondering instead of giving all the answers.

Do you write in other forms?

Poetry, travel and one day my first novel will be complete.

What distracts you from writing?

Having to work the 9-5!

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Reading of course, photography, travel and my family.

What is your favourite book?

A Fine Balance.

Who are your favourite writers?

Rohinton Mistry, Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Salman Rushdie.

Where is your dream location?


What one item would you put into Room 101?


Do you have any advice for new writers?

Write it anyway, and read, read, read.

Work by Gilly Goldsworthy:

Henley to Brighton
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The expensive German kitchen drawer opened smoothly to yield a vegetable knife. She tested it on her fingertip: she wanted to, her best friend did it, but she but was sickened by the rapid gush of red . . .

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