Kay Davies


Deborah Kay Davies’ Reasons She Goes to the Woods (Oneworld) was long-listed for the 2014 Bailey’s Women’s Fiction prize and short-listed for the 2015 Encore award. In her review for The Guardian, Eimear McBride described the novel as ‘exquisite…to be marvelled at’.

When Davies’ debut novel True Things About Me (Canongate) was published in 2010 the BBC TV Culture Show named her as one of the 12 best new British novelists. When the novel came out in New York in 2011, Lionel Shriver in The Wall Street Journal chose it as her personal Book of the Year. A film adaptation is currently in production starring Ruth Wilson. 

Deborah’s first work of fiction was a collection of short stories Grace, Tamar and Laszlo the Beautiful (Parthian) which won the Wales Book of the Year award for 2009. Her very first book was a collection of poems Things You Think I Don’t Know (Parthian) which came out in 2006.

She started writing when she was a mature student at Cardiff University, where she earned a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and taught Creative Writing.