Deborah Levy

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Deborah Levy (born 1959) 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, Billy and Girl, and the Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home.[1]

Life[edit]

Levy was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her father was a member of the African National Congress[2] and an academic and historian. The family emigrated to Wembley Park, in 1968. Her parents divorced in 1974.[3]

Work[edit]

Theatre[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).[4]

She was director and writer for Manact Theatre Company, Cardiff.[5]

Fiction[edit]

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, Billy and Girl, was published in 1996 by Bloomsbury.

Swimming Home was published in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012[6] among other awards. Levy published a short story collection, Black Vodka in 2013. Her novel Hot Milk was published in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.[7]

One of Levy's short stories, "Stardust Nation", was adapted as a graphic novel by Andrzej Klimowski, emeritus professor at the Royal College of Art, and published by SelfMadeHero in 2016.[8]

Academic[edit]

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
Short story collections
Non-fiction
Poetry
  • Deborah Levy, Andrzej Borkowski (1990). An Amorous Discourse in the Suburbs of Hell. Cape. ISBN 978-0-224-02653-6. 
Radio Plays
  • Unless, Carol Shields, BBC Radio 4
  • Chance Acquaintances, Colette, BBC Radio 4
  • Freud: The Case Histories, BBC Radio 4
Plays
  • 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagner, Erica, "Hot Milk by Deborah Levy review – powerful novel of interior life," The Guardian, 27 March 2016. ("Levy’s last novel, Swimming Home, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2012.")
  2. ^ Crown, Sarah (19 March 2016). "Deborah Levy: 'Space Oddity' seemed to be about leaving the land I was born in. Being unable to return. It can still make me cry". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Danziger, Danny (3 October 1994). "The worst of times: Life after apartheid: snot and tears: Deborah Levy talks to Danny Danziger". The Independent. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Deborah Levy. Contemporarywriters.com (20 February 2007). Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Man Booker Nominees (shortlist) 2012". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  7. ^ http://themanbookerprize.com/fiction
  8. ^ Redrup, Pete (November 13, 2016). "Behold! November's Quietus Comics Round Up Column". The Quietus. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ Lannan Foundation. Lannan.org (6 August 2011). Retrieved on 10 August 2011.
  10. ^ Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
  11. ^ BBC International Short Story Award 2012 shortlist Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  12. ^ Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize 2013 Archived 5 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Alison Flood (31 May 2013). "Frank O'Connor short story award pits UK authors against international stars". The Guardian. Retrieved June 16, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://themanbookerprize.com/fiction

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