Caroline Hoile< Back to author list
As a freelance writer and composer, Caroline quickly became known as one of the foremost children's songwriters in the UK. In 2000 she set up Grumpy Sheep Music to publish educational songs and musicals for primary and early years education, for which she continues to write.
Her first illustrated children's story book, The Hoity-Toity Angel was published in 2019 and is an adaptation of her popular children's musical of the same title. Caroline's writing stems from real life events and observations, and the Hoity-Toity Angel story is no exception, inspired in part (apparently!) by the toddler tantrums of one of her three children.
Written as a Christmas nativity, The Hoity-Toity Angel follows the 'counter-plot' escapades of a rather proud and glamorous angel, who ultimately comes to realise that looks are really not important, but what you're like inside is.
Through her writing and composing, Caroline always aims to engage, encourage thought, discussion and sometimes even action. And whilst her writing is for children, the messages inevitably contained within her stories -and, in song-writing, her lyrics - are for everyone, young and older alike.
Living in Newcastle, in the beautiful North East of England, Caroline is an ardent lover of the great outdoors, both on land and at sea. An active 'cellist, with a very catholic taste in music, she is frequently seen (and heard!) performing in a multitude of settings, playing a range of music from classical string quartets to punk folk.