Altenberg, Karin

Karin Altenberg

Elected: 2023

Image credit: Laura Bianchi

Karin Altenberg is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has published two novels; the first, Island of Wings, was nominated for the Orange Prize, the Saltire Award and the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Award. Born and brought up in Sweden, Karin holds a PhD in Archaeology, published as the award-winning monograph Experiencing Landscapes. She writes for various publications and journals, including the Wall Street Journal. A Fellow of the Linnean Society, she lives between two languages and continues to scrutinise the past to illuminate the present.

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