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Lavinia Greenlaw

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Lavinia Greenlaw (born in 1962 in London) studied Modern Art and Publishing. She is a freelance artist and writer and lives in London.
She combines science and art in a remarkable way in her poetry.
Greenlaw’s main poetic oeuvre comprises five books of poetry, all published by Faber and Faber. Night Photograph (1993) was highly regarded for the way it combined lively thought and calm in looking at things. The title poem of her second collection, A World Where News Travelled Slowly (1997) reflects on the development of technical communications and how it influences us. For Minsk (2003) she was awarded the Whitbread Award. This was followed by A Casual Perfect (2011) and A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde (2014), which was nominated for the Costa Poetry Award. From 1994 to 1995 Lavinia Greenlaw was the first artist in residence at the Science Museum in London. In 1995 she was Fellow of Writing at the British Council, Amherst College Massachusetts and in 2004 she was artist in residence at the Royal Society of Medicine. Greenlaw received the Ted Hughes Award for her sound piece Audio Obscura. She recently released her first short film, The Sea is an Edge and an Ending (2016), dealing with how an illness like dementia can affect the way we understand time and place.
Lavinia Greenlaw teaches at various universities and is currently the Samuel Fischer Guest Professor for Literature at the Peter Szondi Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin.