Alison MacLeod is a novelist and short story writer.  Her second story  collection all the beloved ghosts, was recently published by Bloomsbury UK, Bloomsbury USA and Penguin Canada.  It is a Huffington Post 2017 ‘Best Book of the Summer’.

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’.  It was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Book at Bedtime’ and is currently optioned for film.

MacLeod was raised in Montreal and Halifax, Canada, with a period also in the States.  She has lived in England since 1987 and is a citizen of both Canada and the U.K.  Brighton, England is her adopted home, and she visits Canada twice a 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).  Her next novel will be published by Bloomsbury UK and USA.

Her short fiction has been awarded The Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award and nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. Her stories are often broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

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 International Small Wonder Short Story Festival, The Cork International Short Story 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.  

She is Professor of Contemporary Fiction (on a part-time basis) at the University of Chichester, UK.

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author images (2015) © Kate MacLeod Photography