Lavinia Greenlaw is a writer who lives in London. She studied seventeenth-century art and her interest in perception, optical technologies and the idea of travel led to her being the first artist in residence at the Science Museum. Her most recent books of poems are The Casual Perfect and A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde. Her prose includes Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland, and The Importance of Music to Girls, a memoir of punk, disco, country-dancing and piano-playing, which explores the role of music in growing up.
Formerly Professor of Poetry at UEA, she has also taught at Goldsmiths and King’s College London. Her work for radio includes a number of documentaries about light with subjects ranging from Arctic midwinter to the solstices and equinoxes, and the darkest place in England. She writes on music, art, landscape and light for The London Review of Books, The New Yorker and Frieze among others.
Audio Obscura received the 2011 Ted Hughes Award.