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Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. She has published three collections of poetry: Night Photograph (1993), A World Where News Travelled Slowly (1997) and Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes.
Her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover, was published in 2001 and has appeared in the Netherlands, the United States, Germany and France, where it won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. A second novel, An Irresponsible Age, appeared in 2006 and her memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls, was published in 2007.
She taught for five years on the Creative Writing MA programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is now Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Her awards include an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award, Switzerland’s Spycher-Leuk Literaturpreis and a three-year fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). She was the British Council Fellow in Writing at Amherst College in 1995, and has held residencies with, among others, the Science Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Society of Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and formerly Chair of the Poetry Society.