Karen Lloyd is a writer of creative non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. Her first book, The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay contains writing on land, landscape and memory. It won Eric Robson’s Striding Edge Productions Prize for Place and was runner up at The Lakeland Book of the Year Awards 2016. Her most recent book is The Blackbird Diaries, a closely observed journal documenting the wildlife in her South Lakeland garden and further afield, including Scotland’s Solway coast and the Hebridean islands of Mull and Staffa. 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 and is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Lancaster University, where her research project is a literary exploration of species that are doing well against a backdrop of wider loss.