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’ 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 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.
In 2017 Lloyd 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 via https://www.bto.org/about-birds/book-reviews/curlew-calling-anthology-poetry-nature-writing-and-images-celebration.) She is the founding member of Curlew Country South Cumbria, whose remit is to support breeding populations of curlew through education and by working with local farmers.
She writes for The Guardian Country Diary, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile Magazines, The Royal Geographic Society website, Discovering Britain and a number of other journals. She is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets.