Keggie Carew won the Costa Biography Award 2016 for her shape shifting memoir, Dadland. Before writing her career was in contemporary art. Quicksand Tales will be published by Canongate in January 2019.

Keggie was born in Gibraltar and brought up in Hampshire.  She has lived in West Cork, Barcelona, Texas, Auckland, and London. Before writing, her career was in contemporary art, exhibiting her work in Ireland, London and New Zealand. 

She and her New Zealand husband moved to London in 1995 where she studied English Literature and Art History at Goldsmiths University of London, and ran an alternative art space called JAGO.  In 2010 she opened a pop-up shop in East end of London called theworldthewayiwantit, which she described as her "puny arm wrestle against the tide of consumerism" selling an array of unusual handmade objects including moth and dead fly necklaces, owl pellet kits, jam-jar worlds, and knitted security cameras.  

For theworldthewayiwantit  pop-up shop archive website 

For Underhill Wood Nature Reserve website

In 2004, with sudden access to her father’s attic, she discovered 2 trunks of astonishing material that would seed the genesis of Dadland.  

When Keggie is not in her writing shed, she is helping her husband, Jonathan, establish an environmental Nature reserve on 16 acres of land, by reinstating a bio diverse habitat for owls, bats, dragonflies, dormice and other wildlife.  They live in a small rural cottage in Wiltshire near Salisbury.

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