Karen grew up in South Cumbria on the edge of the English Lake District and has lived there for most of her life. Her first book, The Gathering Tide: A Journey Around the Edge of Morecambe Bay (Saraband, 2015) was an Author’s Book of the Year in The Observer. The Blackbird Diaries (Saraband) was published in 2017. Both books were awarded prizes. Karen’s work has appeared in The Guardian Country Diary, Guardian Travel and Family sections, and she has written features for BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines. She was commissioned by the Royal Geographic Society to write on the anniversary of Storm Desmond. A poetry pamphlet, Self-Portrait as Ornithologist, was published by Wayleave Press in 2020. Poems have also been commissioned by the BBC, published by Corbel Stone Press, Zoomorphic and elsewhere online and in anthologies including This Place I Know, (Handstand Press).
Karen is a regular speaker at book festivals and on panel discussions on literature and the environment. She teaches part time on Lancaster’s Creative Writing MA programme and is a research assistant and Writer in Residence with Lancaster University’s Future Places Centre.