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Karen McLeod is a writer, performer and creative writing tutor. Her debut novel In Search of the Missing Eyelash was published by Jonathan Cape, won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award. Since then she has been widely published in milieus of fiction and non-fiction.
Her memoir LIFTING OFF about the twelve years she worked as cabin crew about flailing and falling will be published in 2024 by Muswell Press. More details to follow soon...
Employed as Writer-in-Residence at the Bookseller Crow on the Hill she is also the shop’s Literary Events Co-ordinator. Over the last ten years, she has developed a series of popular creative writing workshops which she runs at the bookshop and also tours nationwide. Lately she has been a visiting lecturer in creative writing at UCAS (University for the Creative Arts) and at Shakespeare's archive trust. She holds an MA in Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths University, after being awarded the Isaac Arthur Green Scholarship. She is represented by Laura Susijn at The Susijn Literary Agency.
In March 2023 her autobiographical artwork and video art showed at the HOLD FAST exhibition at Peckham's Copeland Gallery. In May 2023 Karen's short story was published in the Queer Life, Queer Love 2 anthology by Julia Bell and Matt Bates. Order your copy here.
Karen writes and performs comedy as the character Barbara Brownskirt and is supported by Arts Council England. She regularly tours UK festivals, art, cabaret and theatre venues with LGBTQ+ Literary salon POLARI, the performance art co-operative DUCKIE as well as partnering with organisations such as Homotopia, Liverpool Pride, London & Manchester Pride.