Margot Livesey Biography
Margot Livesey grew up in a boys private school in the Scottish Highlands
where her father taught, and her mother, Eva, was the school nurse. After taking
a B.A. in English and philosophy at the University of York in England she spent
most of her twenties working in shops and restaurants and learning to write. Her
first book, a collection of stories called Learning By Heart, was
published by Penguin Canada in 1986. Since then Livesey has published several novels, including
Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves
the Furniture, Banishing Verona and The House on Fortune
Margot Livesey has taught at Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University,
Carnegie Mellon, Cleveland State, Emerson College, the Iowa Writers Workshop,
Tufts University, the University of California at Irvine, the Warren Wilson
College MFA program for writers, and Williams College. She has been the
recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the
Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Livesey is
currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emerson College and the John F.
and Dorothy H. Magee writer in residence at Bowdoin College. She lives with her
husband, a painter, in Cambridge, MA, and goes back to London and Scotland
whenever she can.
This biography was last updated on 08/15/2011.
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