Deborah Levy

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Deborah Levy was born 1959 in South Africa. She is a British playwright, novelist, and poet. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company and she is the author of novels including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, and Billy and Girl.

Life[edit]

Levy's father was a member of the African National Congress and an academic and historian. The family emigrated to Wembley Park, in 1968. Her parents divorced in 1974.[1]

Work[edit]

Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts, leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, including Pax, Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and others which are published in Levy: Plays 1 (Methuen)[2]

She was director and writer for Manact Theatre Company, Cardiff.[3]

Deborah wrote and published her first novel Beautiful Mutants, in 1986. Her second novel, Swallowing Geography, was published in 1993 by Jonathan Cape, while her third one, Billy and Girl, was published in 1996 by Bloomsbury.

Swimming Home was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012[4] among other awards. Levy published a short story collection, Black Vodka in 2013.

She has always written across a number of art forms (see Bookworks and Collaborations with visual artists) and was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989 to 1991.

Awards and honours[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • Pax, 1984
  • Clam, 1985
  • Heresies, 1986
  • Our Lady, 1986
  • Eva And Moses, 1987
  • Heresies & Eva and Moses: two plays. Methuen. 1987. ISBN 978-0-413-17170-2. 
  • Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs Of Hell, 1991
  • The B File, 1992
  • Blood Wedding, 1992
  • Call Blue Jane, 1992
  • Walks On Water, 1992
  • Shiny Nylon, 1994
  • Macbeth – False Memory, 2000
  • Plays 1. Methuen. 2000. ISBN 978-0-413-75490-5. 
  • Dream Mamma
  • Honey Baby
  • Ophelia And The Great Idea
  • Pushing The Prince Into Denmark

Short story collections[edit]

Radio Plays[edit]

  • Unless, Carol Shields, BBC Radio 4
  • Chance Acquaintances, Colette, BBC Radio 4
  • Freud: The Case Histories, BBC Radio 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ DANNY DANZIGER (3 October 1994). "The worst of times: Life after apartheid: snot and tears: Deborah Levy talks to Danny Danziger". The Independent. 
  2. ^ Elaine Aston, Janelle G. Reinelt (2000). The Cambridge companion to modern British women playwrights. Cambridge University Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-0-521-59533-9. 
  3. ^ Deborah Levy. Contemporarywriters.com (20 February 2007). Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Man Booker Nominees (shortlist) 2012". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Lannan Foundation. Lannan.org (6 August 2011). Retrieved on 10 August 2011.
  6. ^ Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
  7. ^ BBC International Short Story Award 2012 shortlist Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  8. ^ Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize 2013
  9. ^ Alison Flood (31 May 2013). "Frank O'Connor short story award pits UK authors against international stars". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 

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