Linda Cracknell is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and radio drama as well as a self-employed teacher of creative writing in various settings. This includes a regular workshop in the Moroccan Sahara and a number of workshops which integrate walking and outdoor exploration with creative writing. Landscape, place and memory are key themes in her work.
She was editor of a non-fiction anthology on the wild places of Britain and Ireland, A Wilder Vein (Two Ravens Press, 2009). Following two published collections of short stories, her novel Call of the Undertow was published in 2013 (Freight). It concerns a female cartographer who befriends a talented local boy and is described as a "haunting tale of motherhood, guilt, myth and redemption set on the rugged coast of Caithness at Scotland's furthest edge".
Doubling Back: Ten Paths Trodden in Memory published in 2014 (Freight), and is an account of a series of walks Linda took, each following a story from the past personal, biographical or communal. It was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. She has continued to write about walking in magazine pieces for the Walk Highlands online magazine and is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Stirling University. (Photo credit: Robin Dance)