Karen Lloyd is an award winning writer and environmental activist based in Cumbria. Her first book, The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay was published by Saraband and contains writing on land, landscape and memory. It won the Striding Edge Productions Prize for Place in The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2016. The Blackbird Diaries, published by Saraband in 2017, winner of The Lakeland Arts and Literature Award 2018, is an intimate account of the wildlife in Lloyd’s edge-of-town garden, the South Lakes landscape, the Solway coast and the Hebridean islands of Mull and Staffa. The book also includes environmental narratives exploring the story of the last golden eagle in England and the demise of our breeding curlews.
Karen is represented by Jenny Brown Literary Agency -https://www.jennybrownassociates.com/
In 2017 Karen edited and published Curlew Calling: An Anthology of Poetry, Nature Writing and Images in Celebration of Curlew to help raise awareness and funds for curlew conservation. (Available from the BTO bookshop at https://www.bto.org/about-birds/book-reviews/curlew-calling-anthology-poetry-nature-writing-and-images-celebration.) She is the founder of Curlew Country South Cumbria, whose remit is to support breeding populations of curlew through education and by working with local farmers.
Karen has written for Guardian Country Diary, The Royal Geographic Society and is a features writer for BBC Wildlife and Countryfile Magazines. She is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, the subject of which is a book of essays exploring abundance in the natural world. The resulting book will be published with the title, To Receive the Wolf.