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Kelly Davis

Poet, Author, Editor

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I am a poet, writer and editor, living in Maryport on the West Cumbrian coast.

I was born in London, studied English Literature at Oxford University and worked as an editor for Penguin, Longman and BBC Books in the 1980s. With my husband, Ian Francis, I ran Ellenbank Press from 1989 to the mid-1990s. Our award-winning publications included Coleridge Walks the Fells: A Lakeland Journey Retraced by Alan Hankinson and This Green Earth: A Celebration of Nature Poetry edited by William Scammell.

I have been a freelance editor since 1990, working for many different publishers, including Bloomsbury, Hachette, HarperCollins, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. I have edited educational books for White-Thomson Publishing Services, medical books for M&K Update and a variety of books for self-publishing authors, specialising in memoirs.

I have also written several children’s books and I am co-author (with Claire Lewis) of 35 Up: The Book of the Granada TV Series.

My poems have been widely anthologised and published in several magazines, including Mslexia, MagmaThe Journal, Southlight and Shooter Literary Magazine. I won the Magma Subscribers’ Competition in 2018 and I have been shortlisted in a number of competitions, most recently the erbacce-press poetry prize 2021 and the international Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry. In 2021, I also came second in the Borderlines Poetry Competition.

Please click on Poetry to see a selection of older and more recent publications and some sample poems.

Click on The Lost Art of Ironing to read about my new collection, published by Hedgehog Poetry Press, and order copies direct from my website.  

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