Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London in 1962, where she still lives. She worked
as a book editor and arts administrator until 1994, and since then has been a
freelance writer, reviewer and radio broadcaster. She teaches on the Creative
Writing MA Programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
In 1990, she received an Eric Gregory Award. Her first poetry
Photograph, was published by Faber in 1993, and was shortlisted for
the Whitbread and Forward Poetry Prizes. The title poem of her second collection, A
World Where News Travelled Slowly (Faber 1997), won the Forward Prize
for Best Single Poem. Her third collection , Minsk,
was published in September 2003 and has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize. Thoughts
of a Night Sea, a collaboration with the artist Garry Fabian Miller,
was published in 2002. She received an Arts Council Writer?s Award in 1995 and
a Wingate Scholarship in 1997. In 2000, she was awarded a three-year fellowship
by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
In 2003 she received a Cholmondeley Award.
Her poems have appeared in a number of international journals
and have been translated into several languages. In the US, she has published
in The New Yorker, Paris Review, American Poet, Grand Street and Literary
Imagination. A selection from both books, Nachtaufnahmen, was published
in Germany by DuMont in 1998.
Her first novel, Mary
George of Allnorthover, was published by Flamingo in March 2001. It
has also been published in the Netherlands (De Bezige Bij, May 2001), the United
States (Houghton Mifflin, July 2001), Germany (DuMont, August 2001) and published
in France as Quand Mary marcha sur l'eau (Joëlle Losfeld, September
She has written two dramas for BBC Radio 4: a drama-documentary Remembering
Mum, first broadcast in April 2001, and an adaptation of Frank Huyler's Blood
of Strangers: true stories from the emergency room, broadcast in February
2002. Her adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Night and Day as a Radio 4
Classic Serial was first broadcast in July 2003.
Hamelin was performed in Sligo, Dublin and Belfast in
September 2003, as an Opera
Theatre Company production.
Her work for BBC radio includes arts reviews and commissioned
narratives about Arctic midsummer and winter, as well as about the architecture
of London Zoo. For television, she has written a sequence of poems about the
meaning of numbers for an Equinox documentary, and has taken part in a number
of programmes about poetry.
She reviews fiction, poetry and non-fiction for a number of journals
including the TLS, The Guardian, The Financial Times and The New
York Times. Her essays include ?Unstable Regions: poetry and science?, published
in Cultural Babbage, eds. Francis Spufford and Jenny Uglow (Faber 1996)
and '' Big Brass Bed: Bob Dylan and Delay'' for Do
You, Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the Poets and the Professors ed. Neil
Corcoran, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2002. She wrote a number of
entries for the Cambridge Guide to Women?s Writing in English, ed. Lorna
Sage (Cambridge University Press 1999).
She was British Council Fellow in Writing at Amherst College
Massachusetts in 1995 and has worked on the Tate and Hayward Gallery education
programmes, and held residencies in the Science Museum and with a law firm. In
2000, she was reader-in-residence at the Royal Festival Hall.