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Hannah Lavery

"A voice in the dark…Impassioned, poetic and alive with political import." Mark Fisher, The Guardian

Hannah Lavery is a poet, playwright and director. Her poetry pamphlet, 'Finding Seaglass,' was published by Stewed Rhubarb and her debut collection, 'Blood Salt Spring,' was published in 2022 by Polygon. 'The Drift,' her highly acclaimed autobiographical lyric play toured Scotland as part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Season 2019.

In 2020, she was selected by Owen Sheers’ as one of his Ten Writers Asking Questions That Will Shape Our Future for the International Literature Showcase, a project from the National Writing Centre and the British Council. Her play, 'Lament for Sheku Bayoh' premiered at Edinburgh International Festival in 2020 and toured in its digital version to Auckland Arts Festival.

She was also appointed Edinburgh Makar in November 2021 for a three-year term. She is an associate artist with the National Theatre of Scotland and one of the winners of the Peggy Ramsay/Film4 Award 2022. She has written for Radio Four, Lyceum Theatre, Pitlochry Theatre and is under commission with Northern Stage and Fuel Theatre. She was a recipient of the Adopt a Playwright Award 2020 and the New Playwright’s Award from Playwriting Studio Scotland 2019.