Maureen Duffy

Maureen Duffy is the author of thirty-one published works of poetry, fiction and biography as well as other works of non-fiction, and plays for stage, screen and radio. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of King’s College London.

Born 1933 in Worthing, Sussex, Maureen is a notable contemporary British poet, playwright and novelist. She has also published a literary biography of Aphra Behn, and The Erotic World of Faery a book-length study of eroticism in faery fantasy literature.

After a tough childhood, Duffy took her degree in English from King’s College London. She went on to be a schoolteacher from 1956 to 1961, and edited three editions of a poetry magazine called the sixties. She then turned to writing full-time as a poet and playwright after being commissioned to produce a screenplay by Granada Television. Her first novel, written at the suggestion of a publisher, That’s How It Was (1962), was published to great acclaim. Her first openly lesbian novel was The Microcosm (1966), set in the famous lesbian Gateways club in London