Davidson, Lynn

Davidson, Lynn

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residence
Wellington

In Brief

Lynn Davidson’s fiction and poetry has appeared in journals and her short fiction has been broadcast on national radio. Davidson has received several grants and fellowships to develop her work, including the 2003 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary from Creative New Zealand. She has published collections of poetry, and her novel Ghost Net was released in 2003. Davidson also works as an educator and tutors short fiction and poetry both online and in the classroom.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Davidson, Lynn (1959- ) is a poet and fiction writer.

Lynn Davidson was born and educated in Wellington. A graduate of Bill Manhire’s creative writing course at Victoria University of Wellington, her first publications were a collection of poetry, Mary Shelly’s Window (1999) and a novel Ghost Net (2003).

In the Otago Daily Times, Juliette Sandall writes of Ghost Net: ‘What is rare is that there is no sense of labour in this novel. It has a gentleness, a lightness which speak of a depth in the writer that is unusual in a first novel.’ Susan Robinson in the Sunday Star Times writes that Ghost Net is ‘highly readable, unpretentious yet substantial’.

Davidson’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in Landfall, Sport, Poetry NZ and the NZ Listener, her poetry has also appeared in Traffic Report, a US literary journal. Her short fiction has been produced for National Radio and Concert FM.

Her second book of poems, Tender (2006), was published by Steele Roberts Publishers. This was followed by How to Live by the Sea (VUP, 2009), which was reviewed favourably by Fiona McNamara in Salient: 'The beautifully crafted poems sweep from calm tranquility to wild violence. The familiarity in subject and setting along with the captivating changes in tone drew me in, and moved me to feel the connections between human life and nature that underlie each story.'

Davidson's collection of poems, Common Land, was published in 2012 (VUP). Elizabeth Knox wrote about the collection, 'Common Land is possibly the most successful mix of poetry and prose I have read. Nothing is simply occasional, and everything fits together... Lynn Davidson has produced a deeply feeling and deeply rational book, a thoughtful book, where things are unusual and surprising, and yet necessary and true.'

In 2014 she released her first ebook, a novella called The Desert Road (Rosa Mira Books).

Davidson has been a recipient of an NZSA-Readers Digest Writing Fellowship. In 1994 she won the Aoraki National Short Story competition. In 1989 and 1993 she was awarded Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council incentive grants. In 1992 Davidson held a Fellowship at the Stout Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington.

Lynn Davidson was the 2003 recipient of the $18,000 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary from Creative New Zealand.

In 2011 Lynn Davidson was Visiting Artist at Massey University, and in September 2013 she held the Hawthorden Castle Fellowship in Scotland.

Lynn Davidson is also an educator and tutors in creative writing. She lives in Wellington.



MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS

  • Lynn Davidson's website
  • Interview with Lynn Davidson and UK poet Alyson Hallett at the Scottish Poetry Library

Updated January 2017.