We are delighted to welcome award winning writer, journalist and environmental activist Karen Lloyd to BIG LIT online. The Gathering Tide; A Journey Around the Edge of Morecambe Bay was an Author’s Book of the Year in the Observer 2015. She has written for various Guardian columns, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazines and is currently building conversations on land management in the Lake District. Her next book, focussing on restoration in the natural world across Europe will be published by Bloomsbury in 2021. She is in conversation with poet Annie Wright about The Blackbird Diaries - winner of the Bookends Prize for Art and Literature - her life, her books, her love of birds and the pressing need to protect of our environment.