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Karen is a writer of creative non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. Her first book, ‘The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay’ contains writing on land, landscape and memory. It won Eric Robson’s Striding Edge Productions Prize for Place and was runner up at The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2016. ‘The Blackbird Diaries’ is published on 17th November 2017. It is an account of closely observing the wildlife in her South Lakeland garden and further afield, including Scotland’s Solway coast and the islands of Mull and Staffa.

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Karen graduated with distinction from the M.Litt at Stirling University. She writes for The Guardian Country Diary, BBC Countryfile Magazine, The Royal Geographic Society website, Discovering Britain and a number of other journals.  She is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets.

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