About Hannah Lavery
Hannah Lavery is a Scottish short story writer, poet, playwright and performer. Her poetry and prose has been published by Gutter Magazine, The Scotsman Newspaper, 404 Ink and others.
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 and festivals including, Stanza Poetry Festival and Edinburgh International Book Festival. Hannah was awarded a Megaphone Residency for Artists of Colour by The Workers’ Theatre in 2016.
The Drift, her autobiographical play, was produced by National Theatre of Scotland and went on tour in 2019. Her play, 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 2020, she was named as one on BBC Writers Room Scottish Voices of 2020, as well as being chosen by poet and playwright Owen Sheers as one of ten writers currently asking questions that will shape the UK’s future, as part of the British Council and National Centre for Writing’s International Literature Showcase.
She has recently contributed to the BBC Radio 4 series The Poet and the Echo, and has been announced as one of Imaginate’s Accelerator artists, where she will work on a new piece of writing for ages 10+ called The Protest. She is currently writing a new play for children commissioned by Hopscotch Theatre, and has been recently commissioned to write a short piece for Pitlochry Theatre’s Shades of Tay project.