Stevie Davies

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Stevie Davies is an award-winning Welsh novelist. Born in Morriston in Swansea, she is a lecturer at the Swansea University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.[1][2]

She was longlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for her novel, The Element of Water, which went on to win the 2002 Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year award. Her first novel, Boy Blue, had won the Fawcett Society Book Prize in 1987, and her work has also been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

She wrote a biography of the poet Henry Vaughan.

Leaving Wales at the age of two, Davies has been described as having spent a nomadic childhood in Egypt in the 1950s. An only child, her father was an officer in the RAF. [3] She has three grown children, a son and two daughters. [4]


  • Into Suez – Parthian 2010
  • The Eyrie – Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007
  • Kith & Kin – Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2004
  • The Element of Water – The Women's Press 2001
  • Impassioned Clay – The Women's Press 1999
  • The Web of Belonging – The Women's Press 1997
  • Four Dreamers and Emily – The Women's Press 1996
  • Closing the Book – The Women's Press 1994
  • Arms and the Girl' – The Women's Press 1992
  • Primavera – The Women's Press 1990
  • Boy Blue – The Women's Press 1987


  • A Century of Troubles: England 1600 – 1700 — Channel 4 Books 2001
  • Unbridled Spirits: Women of the English Revolution 1640 – 1660' — The Women's Press 1998
  • Emily Brontë — Writers and Their Work, New Series, Northcote House (in association with the British Council) 1998
  • Emily Brontë: Heretic' — The Women's Press 1994
  • Emily Brontë — Key Women Writers Series, Harvester Press 1988
  • Emily Brontë: The Artist as a Free Woman — Carcanet Press 1983
  • The Brontë Sisters: Selected Poems, Edited by Stevie Davies — Fyfield Series, Carcanet 1976
  • John Donne — Writers and their Work', New Series, Northcote House (in association with the British Council) 1994
  • Dreams and Other Aggravations: Selected Poems by Carla Lane, edited by Stevie Davies – Earth Ventures 2003
  • Milton – New Readings Series, Harvester Wheatsheaf 1991
  • Images of Kingship in Paradise Lost: Milton's Politics and Christian Liberty — University of Missouri Press 1983
  • The Idea of Woman in Renaissance English Literature: The Feminine Reclaimed — The Harvester Press 1986 (also published as: The Feminine Reclaimed: The Idea of Woman in Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton — The University Press of Kentucky 1986)
  • Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew — Penguin Critical Studies 1995
  • Shakespeare's Twelfth Night — Penguin Critical Studies 1993
  • Henry Vaughan – Seren Books, Border Lines Series 1995
  • Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse – Penguin Critical Studies 1989
  • Renaissance Views of Man – Literature in Context Series, Manchester University Press 1978

Short stories[edit]

  • Woman Recumbent: Ghosts of the Old Year: New Welsh Short Fiction (an anthology representing the winners of the 2001 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition); Parthian (with the assistance of the Rhys Davies Trust), Cardigan 2003
  • Pod: Ghosts of the Old Year: New Welsh Short Fiction (an anthology representing the winners of the 2001 Rhys Davies Short Story Competition); Parthian (with the assistance of the Rhys Davies Trust), Cardigan 2003
  • Inside Out: The Gift: New Writing for the NHS, ed. David Morley. Stride (in association with Birmingham Health Authority), Exeter 2002
  • Mirrors: The Bridport Prize 2001: Poetry and Short Stories, selected by Kate Atkinson and Maura Dooley. Sansom & Company, Bristol 2001
  • Pips: New Welsh Review No. 52 Vol XIII/IV (Spring '01)
  • Documents: The Cambrensis Anthology, ed. Lewis Davies. Parthian, Cardiff 1999
  • My Father's Greatcoat: A Second Skin: Women Write about Clothes, ed. Kirsty Dunseath. The Women's Press, London 1998
  • The Testament of Catherine Vaughan: Scintilla, 2, ed. Anne Cluysenaar. Cardiff 1998
  • My Mistake: Feast! Women Write about Food, ed. Laurie Critchley & Helen Windrath. The Women's Press, London 1996


  • "Welsh Writers Against the War", New Welsh Review No. 61 (Autumn 2003) pp. 49–60
  • "Hearing Voices: From History via Fiction to Radio Drama", New Welsh Review No. 61 (Autumn 2003) pp. 23–34
  • "Sebald's Austerlitz: A Child of Llanwyddyn", New Welsh Review No. 55 Vol. XIV/III (Spring 2002) pp. 89–92
  • "The Pilgrimage of Anne Brontë: A Celebration of her Life and Work", Brontë Society Transactions Vol. 25, Pt 1 (April 2000)
  • "Reflections on the Poetry of Wuthering Heights", Brontë Society Transactions XXIII Pt 2 (October 1998) pp. 103–111
  • "Henry Vaughan: A Tercentennial Meditation", Brycheiniog XXVII (1994–1995) pp. 53–63
  • "Milton's Urania: The Meaning, Not the Name I Call", in collaboration with W. B. Hunter, Studies in English Literature 28 (1988) pp. 95–111
  • "Jane Eyre: Exile and Grace", Durham University Journal LXXVII (June 1985) pp. 223–227
  • "The Quest for the One: Eve and Narcissus in Paradise Lost", Studies in Mystical Literature (January 1983) pp. 1–17
  • "Triumph and Anti-Triumph: The Image of the Roman Emperor in Paradise Lost", Etudes Anglaises XXXIV Annee 4 (October – December 1981) pp. 385–398
  • "John Milton on Liberty", Memoirs & Proceedings of the Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society 117 (1974 -1975) pp. 37–51
  • "History as Art: George Dangerfield, The Strange Death of Liberal England", Critical Quarterly 16, No. 4 (Winter 1974) pp. 361–369
  • "An Analysis of John Milton's Paradise Lost I. 589–669", Critical Survey VI, Nos. 1 & 2 (Summer 1973) pp. 21–25



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