Call out for entries – An Anthology in Celebration of Curlew


Please submit up to three poems or non-fiction of up to 1,000 words on the theme of curlew and the landscapes they inhabit. Poems also considered on other threatened wading birds. All profits will go directly to working to defend and stabilise curlew breeding populations in the UK. Send to Closing date 7th April.


Mountain Fest promo


Very much looking forward to appearing in my home town at Kendal Mountain Festival on Sunday 20th November, 10.30am, interviewed by Ulverston’s very lovely Caroline Gilfillan. For full information on the festival and tickets, visit


A fabulous line-up of writers, poets and performers next Saturday, 10th September at Sprint Mill’s Spoken Word evening, Featuring James Roberts of Zoomorphic magazine, Kim Moore, Mark Ward,Caroline Gilfillan and The Wordsworth Trust. Luke Brown, Jennifer Copley,Katie Hale, Geraldine Green and an award winning  performance by Rosa Matarewicz. Happy Days!



The Curlew Country Project is over for now – thanks indeed to The Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Landscape Partnership for funding and putting together an inspirational team to work alongside. Here’s a link to a short film about the project which involved a community choir, writing workshops, visits to curlew nests and meeting with Mary Colwell-Hector during her 500 mile curlew walk.




Just home from The Hunter Davies Lakeland Book of the Year Awards – The Gathering Tide won Eric Robson’s Striding Edge Productions Prize for Place award and was runner-up in The Lakeland Book of the Year – a great event.


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Four more days spent in Shropshire with the Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Landscape Partnership Ground Nesting Birds Recovery scheme. Walking with BBC producer Mary Colwell-Hector for a day on her 500 mile walk from the west coast of Ireland to the east coast of England to raise awareness of the dire situation these iconic birds are facing. Now writing up the project during which I was privileged to visit nest sites: singing for curlew with choir leader Mary Keith, collecting people’s thoughts on these iconic birds and working with sculptor Bill Sample and award-winning wildlife photographer Ben Osborne.

For further information see below. Please send me your thoughts on these wonderful birds.


The Ark of Lost Things Open Day and Spoken Word Evening – Saturday 30th April


Open Day 11.00 am to 4.30 pm

View the unique collection of Sprint Mill, woodland trails, picnic area, tea and cake, cagmagery workshops and creative writing.

Spoken Word evening 7.30 – 10 pm featuring Catherine Kay of The Wordsworth Trust Edward Acland, Katie Hale, Harriet Fraser, Karen Lloyd and many more.

Celebrating the Arts Council Funded photography and creative writing project.

Sprint Mill Burneside near Kendal



Words by the Water – Tuesday 8th March Sold Out

Appearing at Lancaster’s Litfest – Thursday 17th March with Andrew Michael Hurley – author of The Loney

18th February – ‘The Gathering Tide’ top seller Waterstones Kendal two weeks now!

Guardian Country Diary 

27th January 2016

Friday 4th December 2015

October 29th 2015:

Karen’s work has been published in The Clearing Online literary magazine; and on The Island Review;

The essay and celebration of the River Kent, ‘The River at my Side’, published in the literary magazine, ‘Caught by the River’.

The Great Outdoors magazine – October 2015, England’s Last Golden Eagle – a walk around the Riggindale Horseshoe.

An extract from The Gathering Tide was published in 2015 in the Backroad Journal Vol 2. This literary journal exploring and celebrating less well known places is available from the bookshop at The London Review of Books:

The London Review of Books bookshop

14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL

Tel: 020 7269 9030