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Gwen Davies grew up with her three siblings in a Welsh-speaking home in West Yorkshire. She polished up her language and reclaimed her Welsh identity at Aberystwyth University in the 1980s and has edited the literary journal, New Welsh Review, since 2011. As well as being a writer's mentor for Literature Wales and a creative- and copy-editor for a number of book publishers and individual authors, she is a literary translator from Welsh to English. Among her book publications as translator are (as co-translator with the author), WHITE STAR (Robin Llywelyn, Parthian, 2003) and (as sole translator), MARTHA, JACK AND SHANCO (Caryl Lewis, Parthian, 2007) as well as THE JEWELLER (Caryl Lewis, Honno, 19 September 2019, chosen as Wales Book of the Month for September 2019). She is contributing editor of the gothic short-fiction collection inspired by folk tales, SING SORROW SORROW: DARK AND CHILLING TALES (Seren, 2010). Her shorter translations, of the fiction of Caryl Lewis and Mihangel Morgan as well as the poetry of Hywel Meilyr Griffiths, have been published in Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press, 2010) and Best European Fiction 2019 (Dalkey Archive Press, 2018), as well as in New Welsh Reader/Review and the 26 Treasures anthology (Unbound, 2012). Her debut original short story, the queer, gothic, feminist 'The Hardest Button to Button', was published in New Welsh Reader 119 (winter 2018). She lives in Aberystwyth with her family.
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