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The Gathering Tide

A Journey Around the Edgelands of Morecambe Bay


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“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.

REVIEWS OF The Gathering Tide

'A hugely impressive debut.' – Mark Cocker

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

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The Gathering Tide

About the author

Karen Lloyd

Karen Lloyd is a writer of creative non-fiction and poetry based in Kendal, Cumbria. She is a contributor to the Guardian and to the Caught by the River blog and writes for a number of literary journals, Scottish Island Explorer and Scotland Outdoor magazines and other journals. Karen is a member of Kendal’s Brewery Poets and recently graduated from the Creative Writing M.Litt programme at Stirling University where she gained a distinction. The Gathering Tide is her first book.

“The writing about both humans and nature is full of earthy realism, authentic observation and quiet lyricism.” —Mark Cocker