Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer and essayist.  Her third and most recent novel, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Books), was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize and selected as one of The Observer’s ’Books of the Year’.  Her previous works include the novels The Changeling (Macmillan, 1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin 2005).

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She is also the author of the short story collection Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (Penguin, 2007).  Her stories have been widely published in the UK and abroad, and broadcast on the BBC.   In 2008 she was awarded the Society of Authors’ Prize for Short Fiction, in 2011 she was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, and in 2012 she was long-listed for The International Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.   She has also won Writers Awards from Arts Council England and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Alison has appeared at numerous literary festivals and conferences, and teaches for groups such as the Arvon Foundation.  Alongside her  writing, she has served as a judge for literary awards such as The International Frank O’Connor Award and The International Manchester Fiction Prize.

Her next short story collection and novel will be published by Bloomsbury.

She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

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