Alison MacLeod is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and academic. Her most recent book, All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury UK & USA/Penguin Canada), was shortlisted for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best short story collection in the UK and Ireland. It was also named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’. Her novel, Unexploded (Penguin UK/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. MacLeod has served as a judge for numerous literary prizes and awards, and has appeared at literary festivals worldwide. She has been an occasional contributor to The Sunday Times, the Guardian, and several BBC programmes.
She has more than 20 years’ experience of designing and teaching literature and creative writing courses in higher education, as well as mentoring writers in the community. She lives in Brighton, where she is working on her next novel for Bloomsbury.