Hannah Lavery is an award winning poet, playwright and performer.
Her poetry has been published by Gutter Magazine, The Scotsman Newspaper and others. Her first pamphlet of short fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press (Oct 2018) and her poetry pamphlet, Finding Seaglass: Poems from The Drift was recently published by Stewed Rhubarb Press (May 2019).
She has also been a featured poet at many spoken word and poetry nights including Neu! Reekie! Sonnet Youth, Rally and Broad, Flint and Pitch and Loud Poets, and festivals including, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stanza, Solas, Kelburn Garden Party, and Electric Fields.
The Drift, her autobiographical play, was part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s season 2019 and Scotland’s Black History Month 2018 and 2019.
Her recent play, The Lament for Sheku Bayoh, commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, was performed as a work in progress as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019.
She received a Summerhall Lab 2019 for her play, Three Pints on a Sunday, written with Colin Bramwell.
In November 2019, she was awarded a New Playwright Award from Playwrights Studio Scotland and was named in The List Magazine’s Scottish Theatre Hot List for 2019.
In February 2020, she was also named as one on BBC Writers’ Room Scottish Voices of 2020.
She was commissioned by the Hopscotch Theatre in 2019 to write a play for children. The Unseen Child, was about to go in to rehearsal when social distancing measures were imposed due to Covid-19.
In May 2020, her poem, Scotland, you’re no mine, was selected by Roseanne Watt as one of the Best Scottish Poems 2019. She was also selected as one of the writers for the National Theatre of Scotland’s Scenes for Survival and was commissioned by Pitlochry Festival Theatre to write a piece for their Shades of Tay project.
On the 23 May, Hannah was selected as one Owen Sheers’ 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.