Karen Lloyd is a writer of non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. She has contributed to the Guardian Country Diary and the Royal Geographical Society magazine and is a features writer for BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines. The editor of Curlew Calling Anthology, she works at both regional and local levels on the urgent need for curlew restoration. Karen is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets, gained a distinction in her Creative Writing M.Litt at Stirling University and is a 2019 Read Regional awardee. Both The Gathering Tide and The Blackbird Diaries won Lakeland Book Awards and were selected as books of the year, in the Observer and the Birdwatcher’s Handbook.