Melissa Harrison's first novel, Clay, was published by Bloomsbury in January 2013. It was chosen as an Amazon Rising Star, won the Portsmouth First Fiction award and was named by Ali Smith in the New Statesman as one of her books of the year.
Melissa's second novel, At Hawthorn Time, (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. It was described by multi-award-winning author Helen Macdonald as "a profoundly unsentimental yet deeply compassionate meditation on searching for myth and meaning, on our need to belong, and the place of history in the history of place".
Rain: Four Walks in English Weather (Faber & Faber) is a short work of non-fiction. 'Rain has never been so interesting or so beautifully described' – Countryfile Magazine.
Melissa won the John Muir Trust’s ‘Wild Writing’ Award in 2010. She was a Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, in January 2014, and in Northumberland as a guest of the Hexham Book Festival in October 2015. She delivered one of the inaugural Coleridge Lectures as part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas, spoke about landscape and Englishness at The Southbank’s Changing Britain festival, and has appeared at the Hay Festival, on Radio 4’s Open Book and Saturday Review, and on The Arts Show on Radio 2. She is Series Editor for four anthologies of writing about the seasons, due to be published throughout 2016.