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Carys Davies is the author of a novel, West, and two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush and The Redemption of Galen Pike, which won the 2015 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and the 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. She is also the recipient of the Royal Society of Literature's V.S. Pritchett Prize, the Society of Authors' Olive Cook Short Story Award, a Northern Writers’ Award, and a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. West was a 2018 Sunday TimesGuardian, and Washington Independent Review of Books Book of the Year.

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Her short stories have been nominated for many other awards, including the Sunday Times/EFG Short Story Award and the William Trevor/Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize. They have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and widely published in magazines and anthologies, including GrantaThe Dublin ReviewHead LandLove, Loss & The Lives of Women: 100 Great Short StoriesNew Welsh Short StoriesPloughsharesThe Royal Society of Literature Review, and The Stinging Fly. Her non-fiction has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, GrantaThe GuardianThe London Evening Standard, Marie Claire, the Sunday Telegraph and The Times. She has curated the short fiction programme at Lancaster Litfest, given talks and taught writing at universities, festivals, literary salons and libraries across the UK and in Ireland. Recent festival appearances include the Belfast International Arts Festival, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cork International Short Story Festival, the London Short Story Festival, the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Vancouver Writers Festival, and York International Women's Festival.

Born in Wales, she grew up there and in the Midlands, lived and worked for eleven years in New York and Chicago, and now lives in Edinburgh.