First name/s: Marion
Last name: Davies
Known names / nicknames: Davies was unlikely to have been her surname at Ruskin
Date of birth: 16/07/1939
Year of birth: 1939
Life before Ruskin
Date and place of birth 16 July 1939
Born Renfrewshire (?) moved to Carlisle as a child
Daughter of Marion Brechin and John Hunter Davies, a pay clerk in the RAF. Sister of writer Hunter Davies (and sister in law of writer Margaret Forster) and Johnny ? and Annabel (twin).
Married Jeff when she was 23
Work Margaret Sewell School no O levels
Worked as a clerk for 17 years including Tyre Services Technical college 4 0 levels and A levels
Politics/Trade union activity
Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)
Life at Ruskin
Dates at Ruskin 1974? (when she was 35)
Source of funding
Subjects studied at Ruskin Social sciences
Life after Ruskin
Work Carlisle social worker 1976 -7 (?); Moved to Camden Town then Crouch End in London 1977.
Wrote column in Guardian social work pages (pseudonym Mary Black) 1991
Politics/trade union activity
Family Partner Frances No children
Place & date of death 1995, London
Date of death: 12/11/1995
Year of death: 1995
Achievements / Publications
Material in archives or already published articles
Margaret Forster Precious Lives 1998
Notes on Image/s
Comment of contributor/s and sources
I read Margaret Forster’s interesting biography some years ago. I have written to Hunter Davies’s agent to try and find more information, to date without success. However, although information is missing, the narrative of a woman coming to Ruskin and starting on a new life and a new relationship seems very typical of women’s experiences of being Ruskin students.
More information would be most welcome!