Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her third and most recent novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize and was one of The Observer’s ‘Books of the Year’. Her previous works include the novels The Changeling (1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (2005), and the short story collection, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (2007). In 2008, her story ‘Dirty Weekend’ won The Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award and, in recent years, she has been nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award.
In 2016, she is one of two ‘Eccles British Library Writers in Residence’. Both the role and the award are made possible by the generosity of The Eccles Centre at the British Library. The Centre promotes awareness of the vast North American and Caribbean collection at the British Library, the largest collection outside the U.S. It includes a wealth of books, newspapers, letters, sound archives, maps, and drawings, and spans a multitude of disciplines. It is available to any researcher/writer/reader who is 18 or over. Only a British Library card is needed. The Eccles Centre also hosts a variety of events each year.
Alongside her writing, MacLeod has served as a judge for The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, The Mslexia Prize, The International Manchester Fiction Prize, The London Magazine Prize, and The Charleston-Chichester Award. She is Associate Editor of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect Books) and has been a guest on BBC programmes such as Open Book, Front Row, The Verb and Woman’s Hour.
She has also appeared at many literary festivals, including The Charleston International Festival, The Sunday Times Oxford Festival, The Jaipur Literature Festival and The Hong Kong International Literary Festival. She teaches and mentors for groups such as the Arvon Foundation and New Writing South, and has written for The Sunday Times, the Guardian, Prospect and The Ottawa Citizen.
Her next short story collection and novel will be published by Bloomsbury. Her collection, All the Beloved Ghosts, will be published in spring 2017 by Bloomsbury UK and USA, and by Hamish Hamilton Canada.
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author images (2015) © Kate MacLeod Photography