Hilary Mackelden


My first Regency Romance (writing as Caitlyn Callery) has been accepted by Museitup Publishing. Watch this space for details!

A new play, “Alex and Rose” is now finished. It tells the story of a young man with learning difficulties and his mother, and how the welfare reforms affect them.

A new play for young actors is Five Children and It. A two act play, it is based on the classic novel by E Nesbit, and set in modern times.

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HILARY MACKELDEN is a British playwright with more than 30 full length stage scripts to her name. Born in Coventry, she has lived all her adult life in the beautiful rural county of Sussex.

Hilary wrote her first script in 2002 when asked to provide a new version of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for a community group at All Saints Church in Crowborough.

She followed this with two more community plays, “The Pilgrim’s Progress”, a modernised version of the classic novel by John Bunyan, and “Narnia, the Last Battle”.

Her first published play was “If We Had Only Known”, which was bought by Eldridge Publishing in 2004. In that year she also won the Sussex Playwright’s National Open Playwriting Award for “Sammy”, the story of a couple struggling to cope with a child with Prader Willi Syndrome.

In 2007, her play, ”The Price of Firewood” was entered for the Verity Bargate Award. Nina Steiger, Head of New Writing at the Soho Theatre, called the play, “well structured, politically engaging and quietly effective.”

In 2011, her play, “Beyond Redemption” was performed at the American Embassy in Zagreb.

Hilary has now written thirty four stage plays, including family friendly pantomimes, such as “The Pied Piper” and “The Three Musketeers.”

She has also created Christian plays ranging from pieces with three characters to full blown community drama, and secular scripts such as “Volunteers” and “Ashdown Lee”.

Other works include sketches and skits, and eight screenplays so far.

She writes a weekly column for the Kent and Sussex Courier, and has been nominated for “South East England regional newspaper columnist of the year” for three years running.

She is about to publish her first novel, writing as Caitlyn Callery.