Literature Live: Lavinia Greenlaw, John Glenday and Ali SmithLavinia 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. Her latest collection, THE CASUAL PERFECT, will be published in the autumn of 2011. 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. Her second novel, AN IRRESPONSIBLE AGE, is published by 4th Estate. Her non-fiction book THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC FOR GIRLS was published by Faber in the summer of 2007 to excellent reviews.
Lavinia's work for BBC radio includes programmes about the Arctic and the Baltic, the solstices and equinoxes, and several dramas. She wrote the libretto for Ian Wilson’s Hamelin, and is working with him on another opera.
Having spent some time teaching at Goldsmiths College, Lavinia is now a professor in the creative writing department of the University of East Anglia.
Ali Smith is a writer of novels, short stories, plays, and criticism. Her last novel, The Accidental, won the Whitbread Novel Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her new novel, There but for the, will be published in June by Hamish Hamilton.