Her first children’s novel The Unquiet was published by Longacre Press Ltd in 2006 and was named one of the Storylines Trust’s ‘Notable Books’ for 2007.
Her poems have been widely published in print and online, in particular at Deep South and Tuesday Poem and have won the D-scene prize in the Poetry in Waiting Rooms 2012 competition, judge Kay McKenzie-Cook; a highly commended in the 2012 Caselberg Trust Poetry Competition, judge James Brown; first prize and commended in the 2013 NZ Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, judge Vincent O’Sullivan.
In recent years Carolyn has been active in Dunedin’s live poetry scene. She is a member of the Octagon Collective, and works on an informal (very informal) committee with Emma Neale, Sue Wootton and Jacob Edmond to organise monthly readings with guest poets and open mic. sessions at the Circadian Rhythm Cafe in St Andrews Street.