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Lavinia Greenlaw (born 1962) is an Englishmarker poet and novelist. She was born in Londonmarker, where she still lives, currently working as Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Angliamarker, and a part-time tutor for the MA Creative and Life Writing Programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Though Greenlaw was born in London, she spent much of her childhood in a small village in Essex. Born into a family of doctors and scientists, she began her working life in publishing and arts administration before embarking upon a career as a freelance artist, critic and radio broadcaster.


Her work is heavily informed by her interest in science and scientific enquiry, and by themes of displacement, loss and belonging. Critics have noted that her poetry is remarkable in its precision, and that her best poems contain a complexity and elusiveness that lead them to 'appreciate with each re-reading'.


Lavinia Greenlaw has been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including the Whitbread Book Award (now known as the Costa Book Awards) and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. She won the French Prix du Premier Roman for her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover and, most notably, the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem for 'A World Where News Travelled Slowly', the title poem from her second major collection.

Selected works

  • The Cost of Getting Lost in Space, Turret Books, 1991
  • Love from a Foreign City, Slow Dancer Press, 1992, ISBN 9781871033182
  • Night Photograph, Faber and Faber, 1993
  • A World Where News Travelled Slowly, Faber and Faber, poetry, 1997
  • Mary George of Allnorthover, Flamingo, novel July 9, 2001, ISBN 9780618095230
  • Minsk, Faber and Faber, poetry, 2003, ISBN 9780571222711
  • Thoughts of a Night Sea (Photographs by Garry Fabian Miller), Merrell, 2003
  • An Irresponsible Age, Fourth Estate, 2006, ISBN 9780007156290
  • The Importance of Music to Girls, Faber and Faber, 2007, ISBN 9780375174544 [466786]



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