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.
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.
– Kathleen Jamie
"Karen Lloyd's The Gathering Tide creates its own kind of song-line along the edge of one of England's last and richest wilderness areas – Morecambe Bay. The writing in her cycle of stories about humans and nature is full of earthy realism, authentic observation and quiet lyricism. It is a hugely impressive debut."
– Mark Cocker, author & naturalist
"This entrancing journey leads through the land and seascapes of the unnerving, unsettling and incredible Morecambe Bay. Lloyd's exquisite descriptions take us through the seasons [...] with a forensic attention to detail that sparkles with lyrical imagery, mapping the history of the shores and sands of this endlessly fascinating bay."
– Miriam Darlington, BBC Wildlife
"A vivid book with a landscape at its heart, redolent with the tang of original imagery. The hallmarks of good nature writing are in place – a seeing eye, that willingness to watch alone that deepens the bond between nature and writer, and the capacity for celebrating what Hazlitt called "the involuntary impression of things upon the mind."
– Jim Crumley, author