St Christopher

Lavinia Greenlaw
Event 11
Saturday October 15th, 3.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

An acclaimed poet and novelist reads and talks about her work

This is an archived event from the 2011 programme.

The Festival is delighted to welcome award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw, an absorbing and lyrical speaker as well as a gifted wordsmith. This is a chance to hear some of the most beautiful prose and poetry of the 21st century and to gain insight into its creation.

She has published three collections of poetry: Night Photograph (1993), A World Where News Travelled Slowly (1997) and Minsk (2003, shortlisted for the T S Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes).

Her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover (2001) won the French Prix du Premier Roman Etranger.  The second, An Irresponsible Age, appeared in 2006. Her 2007 memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls was reviewed in the Sunday Telegraph as “the loveliest hymn to St Cecilia that this century has yet produced”.

Lavinia has written various texts for musical setting:

  • Libretti for Ian Wilson’s chamber operas Hamelin and Minsk.
  • Two Richard Baker song cycles, Slow passage, low prospect (Aldeburgh Festival commission) and Written on a train, (for singer Christianne Stotijn).

Lavinia is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, having taught for five years on the Creative Writing MA programme at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a former Chair of the Poetry Society.

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). For her website, click here. For Lavinia Greenlaw's page of Contemporary Writers, click here.