Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Maureen Duffy
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Maureen Duffy poet and novelist

Maureen Duffy was born in Worthing, Sussex and now lives near London.


Family Values (Enitharmon, 2008)

Collected Poems, 1949-84 (Hamish Hamilton, 1985)

Memorials of the Quick and the Dead (Hamish Hamilton, 1979)

Evesong (Sappho, 1975)

Actaeon (Sceptre Press, 1973)

Venus Touch (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971)

Lyrics for the Dog Hour (Hutchinson, 1968)


The Orpheus Trail (Arcadia, 2009)

Alchemy (Harper, 2004)

Restitution (Fourth Estate, 1998)

Occam’s Razor (Sinclair Stevenson, 1993)

Illuminations (Sinclair Stevenson, 1991)

Change (Methuen, 1987)

Londoners (Methuen, 1983)

Scarborough Fear as D M Cayer (Macdonald, 1982)

Gor Saga (Methuen 1981 and Viking Press New York 1982)

Housespy (Hamish Hamilton, 1978)

Capital (Cape 1975 and Braziller New York 1976)

All Heaven in a Rage (1973)

I Want to Go to Moscow (Hodder and Stoughton 1973; as All Heaven in a Rage Alfred Knopf New York 1973)

Love Child (Weidenfeld and Nicolson and Alfred Knopf New York both 1971)

Wounds (Hutchinson and Alfred Knopf New York both 1969)

The Paradox Players (Hutchinson 1967; Simon and Schuster New York 1968)

The Microcosm (Hutchinson and Simon and Schuster New York, both 1966)

The Single Eye (Hutchinson, 1964)

That’s How It Was (Hutchinson 1962; DialPress New York 1984)


Only Goodnight (1981) BBC Radio

A Nightingale in Bloomsbury Square (1974)

Old Tyme (1970)

Solo (1970)

Rites (1969)

The Silk Room (1966)

The Lay-Off (1962)

Josie (1961) broadcast as part of the BBC Series The Younger Generation

Biography, Non Fiction and as Editor

England: The Making of the Myth from Stonehenge to Albert (2001)

Pool: New Fiction from Liverpool John Moores University (2001)

Henry Purcell, (1659-95) (Fourth Estate, 1994)

Five Plays by Aphra Behn editor (Methuen, 1990)

A Thousand Capricious Chances: History of the Methuen List, 1889-1989 (Methuen, 1989)

Love Letters between a Nobleman and His Sister by Aphra Behn editor (Virago, 1987)

Oroonoko and Other Stories by Aphra Behn editor (Methuen, 1986)

Men And Beasts: Animal Rights Handbook (Paladin, 1984)

Inherit the Earth: a social history of London (Hamish Hamilton, 1980)

The Erotic World of Faery (Hodder and Stoughton, 1972)

New Poetry 3 editor with Alan Brownjohn (London Arts Council, 1977)

The Passionate Shepherdess: Aphra Behn 1640-89 (Cape 1977; Avon New York 1979)

New Short Plays: No. 2 (1969)

A Blush of Shame by Domenico Rea translator (Barrie and Rockliff, 1968)

Maureen Duffy gained an English degree from King’s College London and went into teaching. She also edited the poetry magazine The Sixties. Maureen Duffy then turned to full-time writing as a poet and playwright, gaining a commission for a screenplay from Granada Television. During the 1960s she collaborated with the artist Brigid Brophy and made and exhibited 3-D constructions, Prop Art. Maureen Duffy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Vice President of the European Writers’ Congress and was a co-founder of the Writers’ Action Group.

Maureen Duffy’s father left when she was about two months old and her mother, to avoid the stigma of being a single mother, bought herself a wedding ring, called herself Mrs Duffy and when asked about Mr Duffy’s whereabouts would simply reply, “We lost him with heart trouble.” Maureen Duffy brings this spirit to her writing, describing the process as taking an idea, allowing themes to attach to it and then starting to write, “as if walking a tightrope” with the energy and effort required in walking the rope draining.

The Microcosm was originally planned as a sociological survey. Maureen Duffy saw articles written about male homosexuals and wanted to write about the spectrum of female homosexuality. However, no publisher would consider the idea unless she gained a degree in sociology, so Maureen Duffy wrote it as a novel. She is a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and interested in issues around enforcing traditional forms of intellectual property law.

Official website: http://www.maureenduffy.co.uk/

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