Steven Lovatt

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‘Lovatt’s beautiful meditation on birdsong is the first account I have read to take up residence in that silence and to make sense of it. What a beautiful direction he gives to say, at this time – stop! Listen to the birds.’ – Kei Miller

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Creating a space for words and the world to find a home in each other

Steven lives in Swansea, Wales, where he works as a copyeditor, teacher and critic. His first book, Birdsong in a Time of Silence, was published by Particular Books in March 2021.

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‘Gentle, playful, poetic and profound, Steven Lovatt reminds us of the beauty, solace and song to be found in all our neighbourhoods’ – Patrick Barkham

‘It’s a great surprise, and a pleasure to be recognised by other writers.’ – Steven

Bibliography

Books

  • Birdsong in a Time of Silence (Particular, 2021)

Short Nonfiction

  • ‘From a Hungarian Journal’, ‘Buzzard’ and ‘The Old Man and the Little Goat’, in the anthology On the Wild Side (Bath Spa University Press, 2019)
  • ‘Aitana’, Radical Botany, University of Gloucester Press (June, 2017)

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • ‘Regeneration within Tradition: Imagining Swansea’s post-Covid future’, Welsh Agenda (April, 2021)
  • ‘How Margiad Evans Wrote the Earth’, Land Lines (May, 2020)
  • ‘Why I Really Moved to Wales’, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (March, 2020)
  • ‘Depression, Energy and Walking in the Storyworlds of Dorothy Edwards’, Critical Survey 29 (1), May 2017.
  • ‘The Russian Rioter: Amy Dillwyn’s The Rebecca Rioter in Otechestvennye zapiski’. In Almanac: A Yearbook of Welsh Writing in English. (pp 1-30). Swansea: Parthian. (2012).
  • ‘Winter Sonata’, The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.1.1.08 (2011): English Writing and Culture of the Early Twentieth Century, 1901-1945. Vol. editors: Chris Baldick & Peter Childs.
  • ‘Rhapsody’, The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.1.1.08 (2011): English Writing and Culture of the Early Twentieth Century, 1901-1945. Vol. editors: Chris Baldick & Peter Childs.
  • ‘Dorothy Edwards’, The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.1.1.08 (2011): English Writing and Culture of the Early Twentieth Century, 1901-1945. Vol. editors: Chris Baldick & Peter Childs.
  • ‘Notes from Underground’ [Zapiski iz podpol’ia], The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 2.2.1.00 (2009): Medieval and Tsarist Slavic and Russian Writing and Culture, c.1300-1917. Vol. editors: Neil Cornwell, Roman Koropeckyi, Andrei Rogatchevsky.

Essays in books

  • ‘Being’s inseparable shadow: Irony and Affirmation in Modern Polish Poetry’. In Striking the Chords of Spirit and Flesh in Polish Poetry.(Eds. Jean Ward, Małgorzata Grzegorzewska and Maria Fengler). Gdansk: Gdansk University Press, 2016).

Conference papers

  • ‘Mistaking cars for bears: teaching Hungarian as a heritage language in a home environment’. BATJ (British Association of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) seminar 13th June, 2014. University of Bristol.
  • ‘Prayer and Poetry: The Role of Irony’. The Power of the Word: Poetry and Prayer Conference, 29th June 2012. Heythrop College, University of London.
  • (With Dr Kirsti Bohata), ‘Rioters and Revolutionaries: The Russian Rebecca Rioter’, Wales and Revolution, Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, Gregynog, Newtown

Contact Steven

Agent

Laurie Robertson, Peter, Fraser & Dunlop

Publisher

Penguin Random House. Contact: Penelope Vogler. Website