Writers always write what they care about most, and Stephen Davenport is no exception. He has spent his whole life working in schools. His decision to set Saving Miss Oliver’s, a novel about a crisis in school leadership in a school for girls was purely instinctive. Miss Oliver’s School for Girls isn’t just another excellent New England boarding school. It’s a school with a special mission that must be preserved: the education of girls in the way girls learn, a legitimate feminist cause, a leveling of the playing field.
Davenport is currently writing a sequel to Saving Miss Oliver’s and working on a series of stories tracing the life of legendary teacher Francis Plummer, (see “The Last Visit,” in the November issue of Amarillo Bay http://www.amarillobay.org/contents/previous-contents20111107.htm). The series also features students and former heads of Miss Oliver’s School For Girls. (see February 2014, "Motorcycle Sunday http://amarillobay.org/contents.htm)