Igniting the spark
Alison MacLeod is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and academic. Her most recent short story collection, All the Beloved Ghosts, was shortlisted for the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for excellence in short fiction in the UK and Ireland. It was a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and was named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’. Her novel, Unexploded, 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 4. In 2016, she was jointly awarded the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award. Alongside her writing, Alison has served as a judge for numerous literary prizes and awards, and has appeared at literary festivals worldwide. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester (UK), a regular tutor for Arvon, and has been an occasional contributor to The Sunday Times, the Guardian and assorted BBC programmes.