Lucy Burnett was born in Dumfries in 1975 and lived in Edinburgh, working in environmental campaigning, for many years before moving to the Manchester area, where she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton. She then taught creative writing at the University of Salford while completing a Creative Writing PhD in ecopoetics, before returning to Scotland to take up a position at the University of Strathclyde, and now teaches creative writing at Leeds Beckett University. Outside the academy Lucy has worked as a writer in residence with Balloch Community Woodland in Galloway where she developed an interactive poetry trail, and wrote haiku with local school pupils which were published in a pamphlet and subsequently inscribed on standing stones at the entrance to the wood.
Leaf Graffiti, Lucy’s first collection of poetry, was published in 2013 by Carcanet Press / Northern House, while individual poems have been published in a wide range of magazines. In 2007 she was shortlisted for the Chroma International Poetry Prize. Through the Weather Glass, an exploration of climate change combining magic realist travel writing with poetry and the visual image, was published in 2015; an installation version of it is touring in 2016.
She has read her work widely around the UK and Ireland, where her origin in performance poetry continues to influence the delivery of her more literary recent work. Lucy’s work is characterised by a playful interest in the interface between words and thing, rural and urban, nature and the human world.
From the Library Catalogue