Photograph copyright Ian Francis
Kelly Davis was born in London, studied English Literature at Oxford University and worked for Penguin, Longman and BBC Books in the 1980s. In 1989, she moved to Maryport, a small fishing town on the West Cumbrian coast. She works from home as a freelance editor and she is actively involved in the Cumbrian poetry community. She has recently read at online events for the Wordsworth Trust and the Garsdale Retreat, and she was selected for a series of funded workshops with Kim Moore for Emerging Northwest Poets.
Several of Kelly’s poems have been performed at Arachne’s Solstice Shorts Festivals and published in their respective anthologies, including Calling Them In, which was performed at Carlisle, Nottingham and Warkleigh at Dusk on 21st December 2017, and published in the Dusk anthology. Kelly also had a poem in our 2020 Solstice Shorts anthology, Tymes Goe by Turnes, and her poem What the Natterjack Toad Teaches Us, is published in our 2021 Solstice Shorts anthology, Words From the Brink. .