Alison MacLeod

Professor of Contemporary Fiction

English and Creative Writing

20th and 21st century prose fiction, short fiction, contemporary literary fiction, modernist fiction, fiction and postmodernity, science and fiction, the contemporary period novel, literature of the fantastic, literature of the uncanny

Alison MacLeod's most recent book, the short story collection ALL THE BELOVED GHOSTS (Bloomsbury UK/USA and Penguin Canada, 2017), was a finalist for Canada’s prestigious 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and was named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Books of 2017’. It is currently shortlisted for The Edge Hill Prize for Short Fiction 2018. Review sample: "[...]a series of emotionally powerful meditations[…]MacLeod's formal sophistication and her impeccably elegant, richly textured prose make this another collection to savour," noted Edmund Gordon in THE SUNDAY TIMES while in the GUARDIAN, reviewer Lara Feigel commented, ‘MacLeod is dazzlingly good at evoking a whole life through a single snapshot and at bending and stretching her prose as she moves between an impressive range of narrativmore...

1992-96 University of Lancaster, PhD in Creative Writing 1987-88 University of Lancaster, MA in Creative Writing 1982-85 Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, BA English Literature with French ‘with Honours’ (i.e. First Class in Canadian H.E. system) 1979-82 Charles P. Allen High School, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Graduated ‘with Distinction’ (i.e. Grade A average across 6 subjects)

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Latest Additions

  1. MacLeod, Alison J. (2017) All the Beloved Ghosts. Bloomsbury Uk, Bloomsbury USA and Penguin Canada, UK, USA, Canada plus international distribution. ISBN 9781408863756
  2. MacLeod, Alison J. (2020) Three and Six. Bloomsbury UK, Bloomsbury USA (and probably Penguin Canada), UK, USA, Canada plus international distribution. (In Press)
  3. MacLeod, Alison J. (2017) 'The Auspicious Hour'. RAFFLES Magazine, 6. pp. 78-85.
  4. MacLeod, Alison J. (2018) Short story, 'Portrait: Eric Gill Dreaming'. [Audio]
  5. MacLeod, Alison J. (2016) Short story, 'Woman with a Little Pug'. [Audio]
  6. MacLeod, Alison J. (2016) Short story, 'Chekhov's Telescope'. [Audio]
  7. MacLeod, Alison J. (2016) Short story, 'The Death of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov'. [Audio]
  8. MacLeod, Alison J. (2018) The Gleaning. [Audio]