Lavinia Greenlaw was a Professor of Creative Writing and Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) between 2007 and 2013. Among her many publications are the poetry collections Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the novel Mary George of Allnorthover (2001), which won France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, and the memoir The Importance of Music to Girls (2007). She is a former Chair of the Poetry Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has received a number of artist’s commissions including Audio Obscura, a sound installation for Artangel and Manchester International Festival (2011). In 2013 she was Chair of the inaugural Folio Prize and the recipient of a Wellcome Foundation Fellowship.