Alison MacLeod

Alison MacLeod’s most recent book, the story collection All the Beloved Ghosts was shortlisted for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best single-author short story collection in the UK and Ireland.  It was a finalist for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’.  Her most recent 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 (Sweet Talk Productions). She is currently finishing her next novel for Bloomsbury UK/USA and Penguin Canada, for publication next year. Her earlier work includes the novels The Changeling (1996) and The Wave Theory of Angels (2005), and the short story collection, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction (2007).  
 
Her short fiction has been awarded The Society of Authors’ Olive Cook Award and nominated for The BBC National Short Story Award and The Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. Her stories are often broadcast on BBC radio. In 2016, she was a winner of The Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.  She has also been the recipient of awards from Arts Council England, the Authors Foundation, and Canada Council for the Arts.
 
She has been a guest on the BBC programmes 'Open Book', 'Front Row', 'The World Tonight', 'Free Thinking', 'The Verb' and 'Woman’s Hour'.  MacLeod has appeared at numerous literary festivals worldwide, including The Sunday Times Oxford Festival, The Cork International Short Story Festival, The Charleston International Festival, The Jaipur Literature Festival, The International Festival of Authors (Toronto), and The Hong Kong International Literary Festival. 

Anthologies featuring Alison MacLeod

The BBC National Short Story Award 2011

The 2011 edition of the celebrated BBC National Short Story Award, featuring the authors D.W. Wilson, Jon McGregor, M.J. Hyland and more.

Morphologies

Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.

The New Uncanny

14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century, to update Freud’s famous checklist of what gives us the creeps, and to give the hulking canon of uncanny fiction a shot in the arm, a shock to the neck-bolts...

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

This anthology draws out and distills science’s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories, and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of momentous discoveries.

Collections edited by Alison MacLeod

The Daughters of the Late Colonel and other stories

Ten of the best Mansfield stories specially selected by the acclaimed author and critic Alison MacLeod who also provides a critical essay.