The London-born poet and novelist, Lavinia Greenlaw, reads a poem titled, “Silent Disco“, from her new poetry collection.
“It’s really about how dancing takes us deep inside ourselves, even when we’re all doing it together – and what a wonderful thing that is”. – Lavinia Greenlaw
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.