Alison MacLeod’s next novel, Tenderness, will be published in the UK and USA by Bloomsbury Publishing, and in Canada by Penguin Canada on the 14th of September, 2021. Her last novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin Canada), was long-listed for the Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC Radio 4 (Sweet Talk Productions).
Her most recent story collection All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury UK/USA and Penguin CA), was shortlisted for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best single-author short story collection in the UK and Ireland. It was a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’.
MacLeod was born in Montreal, Quebec of Nova Scotian parents, and was raised in Quebec, Michigan, and Nova Scotia. Her large family’s roots in Nova Scotia are several generations deep, and she visits twice annually. She has lived in England since 1987 and is a citizen of both Canada and the U.K. Brighton, England has been her adopted home since 2000.
Her earlier work includes the novels The Changeling (1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (2005), and the short story collection, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (2007). Her stories are widely commissioned and broadcast.
MacLeod has been a guest on such BBC programmes as Open Book, Front Row, The World Tonight, and Free Thinking. She is an occasional contributor for media outlets such as The Sunday Times and the Guardian. In the last decade, she has appeared at numerous literary events and festivals at home and internationally (Jaipur, Hong Kong, Toronto), and has guest-lectured at a range of universities in the UK and Europe.
Additionally, she has served as a judge for various literary awards and has been a writer-in-residence with the British Library, Raffles Hotel (Singapore), the Banff Centre (Canada), and the Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft, where she examined the complex legacy of Eric Gill in a hybrid piece commissioned by BBC radio. Her time with the British Library’s Eccles Centre followed her Eccles-Hay Writer’s Award.
MacLeod is a senior academic in the fields of literature and creative writing. For over 25 years, she designed curricula, taught under-grads, supervised posts-grads and examined doctoral theses before turning to write full-time in 2018. She is now Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.
MacLeod also leads the Arts Council England & National Lottery funded project ‘The Stories We Tell‘, in partnership with Arvon, The British Library and New Writing South.
(Photos: copyright © Kate MacLeod 2019)