Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer and essayist.  Her next book, the story  collection all the beloved ghosts, will be published by Bloomsbury UK in March, Bloomsbury USA in April and Penguin Canada in May 2017.  Her most recent novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton UK) was long-listed for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction 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 was jointly awarded The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.  The award is 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. 

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 appeared at numerous literary festivals, including The Charleston International Festival, The Sunday Times Oxford Festival, The Jaipur Literature Festival and The Hong Kong International Literary Festival.  She also 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 novel will be published by Bloomsbury UK and USA.  She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

She was raised in Canada and visits often.  Brighton, England is her adopted home.  She is a citizen of both Canada and the U.K.  

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author images (2015) © Kate MacLeod Photography