Lavinia Greenlaw lives in London, where she was born. She has published three books of poems, most recently Minsk, which was shortlisted for the Forward, T.S. Eliot and Whitbread Poetry Awards. She is the author of two novels: Mary George of Allnorthover and An Irresponsible Age, as well as The Importance of Music to Girls, a memoir. Her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover, won France’s Prix du Premier Roman, and her other awards include a Forward Prize for best single poem and a NESTA fellowship.
She wrote the libretto for Ian Wilson’s Hamelin, and is working with him on another opera. She lectures at Goldsmiths College.