Hannah Lavery


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New Playwrights Award

Hannah Lavery

Hannah Lavery is a Scottish poet, playwright and performer. Her autobiographical spoken word show, The Drift, was part of the National Theatre of Scotland's 2019 season and Black History Month 2019. Her play, The Lament for Sheku Bayoh, was commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre, and performed as a work in progress as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019.

She was awarded a Tom McGrath Playwriting Grant in 2015 for her play, British Book Of Trees, and a Megaphone Residency by the Workers' Theatre in 2016 for The Drift. She also received Summerhall Lab support in 2019 for a new show about climate change titled Three Pints on a Sunday, co-written and performed with Colin Bramwell.

She has had two short plays performed as part of Traverse Theatre's Words, Words, Words and was commissioned to write a short play for the Lyceum Youth Theatre, performed by the company as part of their twentieth anniversary show in 2018.

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. Her poetry has been published by Gutter, amongst others. A first pamphlet of short fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press in 2018; a poetry pamphlet, Finding Seaglass: Poems from The Drift was published by Stewed Rhubarb Press in May of 2019.

Hannah also works as the Learning and Engagement Coordinator for the Scottish Poetry Library, and as the founder and director of CoastWord, an annual festival of music and words based in Dunbar, where she currently lives.

New Playwrights Award Recipient 2020

The play Hannah will be developing as part of her New Playwrights Award:

Jane is in her forties. She is a mother. She is a wife. She works full time in a job she should love. She lives in a city she should feel safe in. After, confronting a violent man on her way home one evening, she returns home to sit alone, like Scrooge is visited by her ghosts.  She is not going to take it anymore.The ghost of her father, her first boyfriend, that boss.That medical examination. That pregnancy. That mental breakdown. That night. Her life shown to her in a series of violent moments. What does it mean to survive? To take your ghosts and lay them to rest.

Photograph by Adrian Lavery

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