Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Hilary Davies
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Hilary Davies poet

Hilary Davies was born to Anglo- Welsh parents in London where she still lives. She is married to the poet and editor, Sebastian Barker.


Imperium (Enitharmon, 2005)

In a Valley of This Restless Mind (Enitharmon, 1997)

The Shanghai Owner of the Bonsai Shop (Enitharmon, 1991)

Hilary Davies received an Eric Gregory award in 1983, has won 1st prize in the TLS/Cheltenham Festival poetry competition, and been a Hawthornden Fellow. In 2012-3 she will be Royal Literary Fund Fellow in the graduate programme in King’s College, London.  She was Chairman of the Poetry Society 1992-3 and Head of Languages at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London 1992-2011.  Hilary Davies co-edited Argo poetry magazine for ten years with David Constantine and was guest editor for the women’s issue of Aquarius. Her poems have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies in Great Britain and abroad and she has judged several poetry competitions. She is also a translator and reviewer.

The Shanghai Owner of the Bonsai Shop:  “ The book is terrific value. Each one of its five sections could have been fleshed out into an entire collection by a less confident and imaginative poet” Helen Dunmore

In a Valley of this Restless Mind: “This is a collection of high seriousness: five sequences, each very distinctive..It is the sequence about paleolithic cave dwellers in the valley of the Vezere which strikes me as the major achievement, indeed as one of the finest long poems I have read” John Greening

Imperium: This book gave me..shudders.. of delight. Imperium comes out of an intense historical imagination Christopher Middleton

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