Dorothy Lawrenson is a poet who was born in Dundee and grew up in Fife. She is currently completing an AHRC-funded PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, having earned her MFA at Texas State University, and MA in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh.
Dorothy’s critical research explores how formal features depend on context to influence tone and thereby voice and meaning in the work of TS Eliot, WH Auden and Louis MacNeice. Her poetry is concerned with landscape and especially with rivers, estuaries and shorelines. She writes in English and in Scots.
Dorothy’s poetry has been published in Edinburgh Review, Irish Pages, Frogmore Papers, SOUTH, The Scotsman, The Herald, Gutter, Lallans, and Painted, spoken, and in the anthologies Best New British and Irish Poets 2019 (Eyewear), A Year of Scottish Poems (Macmillan), Be the First to Like This (Vagabond Voices), Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press) and Whaleback City (Dundee University Press). She was the winner of the Wigtown Scots Prize in the 2019 Wigtown Poetry Prize, and a 2020 winner of the Scots Language Society’s Sangschaw competition.
A former editor of FORUM: The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, Dorothy has also served on the editorial team at Texas Books in Review and Southwestern American Literature. As editor of Perjink Press she was awarded (and twice shortlisted for) the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award for publishing.
For the Scots Language Society’s Scotsoun label Dorothy has recorded readings of her own poetry for the CD Auld Leids New Vyces. She has also recorded poetry by Marion Angus, Tam Hubbard, John Law’s translations of Neruda, and various Dundonian poets. She continues to take an active interest in art and design, as well as in traditional music and spoken word. She performs with – and sometimes plays the Northumbrian smallpipes for – Mons Meg Rapper, Edinburgh’s rapper sword dance team. You can follow her on twitter @djlawrenson.