Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer and essayist. Her third and most recent novel, Unexploded, was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize and was a ‘Book of the Year’ for The Observer. 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 is one of two ‘Eccles British Library Writers in Residence’. Both the role and the accompanying funding award are made possible by the generosity of The Eccles Centre at the British Library. The extensive Eccles Collection – books, newspapers, letters, sound archives, maps, drawings – spans a multitude of disciplines relating to North America and the Caribbean. These materials are available to any researcher/reader who is 18 or over. Only a British Library card is needed. The Eccles Centre also hosts a variety of events each year.
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. MacLeod is also Associate Editor of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect Books).
She has appeared at literary festivals and conferences throughout the UK and internationally, including The Charleston International Festival, The Jaipur Literature Festival and The Hong Kong International Literary Festival. She 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 short story collection and novel will be published by Bloomsbury UK and USA.
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author images (2015) © Kate MacLeod Photography