Alison MacLeod’s next novel, Tenderness, will be published in the UK and USA by Bloomsbury Publishing, and in Canada by Penguin Canada, in September 2021.  It was, as a work in progress, the joint winner of the ‘Eccles Centre-Hay Festival Award’.

Her last novel,  Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton UK and Penguin Canada), was long-listed for the 2013 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 BBC programmes Open Book, Front Row, The World TonightFree ThinkingThe Verb and Woman’s Hour.  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 for the British Library, Raffles Hotel (Singapore), and the Banff Centre (Canada), among other organisations.

MacLeod is a senior academic in the fields of English and Creative Writing.  Alongside her writing life, she designed curricula, examined doctoral theses, taught under-grads and supervised posts-grads for over 25 years before turning to writing 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)