The Gathering Tide

Karen Lloyd

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.

The Gathering Tide

A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay

by Karen Lloyd

  • RRP: £12.99 (print)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781910192191

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Lakeland Book of the Year 2016, Striding Edge Prize, WINNER

“Evocative, muscular.” – Kathleen Jamie.

Karen Lloyd takes us on a deeply personal journey around the 60 miles of coastline that make up ‘nature’s amphitheatre’.

Embarking on a series of walks that take in beguiling landscapes and ever-changing seascapes, Karen tells the stories of the places, people, wildlife and history of Morecambe Bay. So we meet the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, discover forgotten caves and islands that don’t exist, and delight in the simple beauty of an oystercatcher winging its way across the ebbing tide. As we walk with Karen, she explores her own memories of the bay, making an unwitting pilgrimage through her own past and present, as well as that of the bay.

The result is a singular and moving account of one of Britain’s most alluring coastal areas.

Prizes and awards

Lakeland Book of the Year 2016, Striding Edge Prize, WINNER

REVIEWS OF The Gathering Tide

'A hugely impressive debut.' – Mark Cocker

'Entrancing…exquisite descriptions…sparkles with lyrical imagery.' – Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife