Karen McLeod is a published author and established writer and performer. She holds an MA Creative & Life Writing from Goldsmiths and has fourteen years experience in writing, producing and performing her work.
In 2007 her debut novel In Search of the Missing Eyelash was published by Jonathan Cape. It won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award. Since then she has been widely published in the milieus of fiction and non-fiction having been commissioned for The Letters Page (editor Jon Mcgregor, Nottingham University) and her diary writing publsihed in anthologies A Travellers Year and Our History of the 20th Century (editor Travis Elborough). Her short stories have been published by Limehouse Books in Men and Women and Girls and Boys. She takes part in nationwide touring with LGBTQ+ literary salon POLARI performing and also running the public writing workshops.
Karen also writes for and performs comedy theatre and has been supported by Arts Council England touring in 2017/18 a nationwide sell-out full-length show 'Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt.' This culminated in a successful run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 at The Assembly Rooms. She tours regularly with performance art co-operative DUCKIE around festivals and UK cabaret and theatre venues as well as partnering with organisations such as Liverpool Pride and individual artists such as Scottee.
At South London's Bookseller Crow on the Hill Karen works as Writer-in-Residence and as the Literary Events Co-ordinator. Over the last eight years, she has developed a series of popular weekly writing workshops that take place on the shop floor. She also curates the literature line up for the Crystal Palace Festival and continues to promote diverse and cross-genre literary events.
Visit the Shows page to see Karen ... or Barbara live. You can also book Barbara to appear at you very own event via the Contact page.