Karen is a Cumbria-based writer whose work focusses on the land and environmental concerns.
Karen is a writer of creative non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. Karen graduated with distinction from the M.Litt at Stirling University. She writes for The Guardian Country Diary, BBC Countryfile Magazine, The Royal Geographic Society website, Discovering Britain and a number of other journals. She is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets.
Her first book, ‘The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay’ contains writing on land, landscape and memory was published by Saraband press in January 2016, and won Eric Robson’s Striding Edge Productions Prize for Place and was the runner up at the Lakeland Book of the Year Award in 2016.
Praise for ‘The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay’,
“The writing about both humans and nature is full of earthy realism, authentic observation and quiet lyricism. A hugely impressive debut.” — Mark Cocker
'Entrancing…exquisite descriptions…sparkles with lyrical imagery.' – Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife
'The book is a fine work of research that will provide an illuminating guide for anyone who wants to learn more about one of England’s last true wildernesses.' -Caught by the River
Karen's new book 'The Blackbird Diaries' will be launched on the Friday 17th November at the Kendal Mountain Literature Festival.
- Our lovely herbaceous border had been spoiled by our neighbours new concrete wall. Would love suggestions how to de… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- We have masses of gorse and juniper dieback here in the Lakes caused by wetter weather and the spread of airborne f… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
- Retweet Mary Colwell: #Curlew cam shows sitting bird feeds on insects around nest. Sterile farmland won’t support waders. @CurlewCountry pic.twitter.com/qCp9i0mGyr