Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Moffat, Gwen
Birth Name: Gwen Mary Goddard
Married Name: Gwen Moffat
Married Name: Gwen Lees
Writing from before until after the second half of the twentieth century, GM
has covered a huge span of genres. Having written poetry in youth, she turned to journalism (on outdoor subjects) when short of money. It took her a long time to realise that literary and physical interests could be combined: that a climber might be interested in James Joyce
Moffat, Gwen. Space Below My Feet. Houghton Mifflin, Riverside Press, 1961.
She published several non-fiction books—mountaineering reminiscences, works on mountain rescue and on conservation and ecology—before embarking on a long and successful career as a writer of crime fiction. Her oeuvre also includes one or two non-crime novels, and books about the American pioneers travelling southwest, and her own travels in their footsteps.
has contributed poems to more than half a dozen journals, Welsh, English, and American, and most frequently to Poetry Wales, the New Welsh Review, and Poetry Nation Review (PNR). She has reviewed...