The Blackbird Diaries scoops prize at Lakeland Awards 2018

Posted on July 11, 2018

Karen Lloyd’s The Blackbird Diaries has won the Bookends Prize for Arts and Literature at this year’s Lakeland Book of the Year awards.

It is the second time Karen has had success at the awards, having won the Striding Edge Productions Prize for Guides and Places at the 2016 awards for her book The Gathering Tide.

In The Blackbird Diaries, Karen Lloyd shares her deep-rooted affection for all our treasured garden wildlife.

Over the four seasons, she intimately chronicles the drama and the joy, the perils and the pleasures of the natural world as it all unfolds in her garden and on her daily walks in the limestone hills and valleys of Cumbria’s South Lakeland.

What emerges is a celebration of landscapes that rarely feature in the existing canon of nature writing.

The winners of the 2018 Lakeland Book of the Year awards were revealed at a special literary luncheon held in Cumbria.