Lesley Harrison grew up in Dundee, lived for a while in Orkney, and has now settled again on the north east coast. She has worked and travelled in some of the world’s more remote places, and through her poems explores how it is to live in these environments. A year spent in Mongolia and China influenced her second poetry pamphlet, One Bird Flying; a later collaboration with the artist Laura Drever won the 2012 Callum Macdonald Memorial Poetry Pamphlet Award. Blue Pearl was published by New Directions in 2017 and Disappearance was published by Shearsman in 2020. Her most recent collection, Kitchen Music, was published simultaneously by New Directions in the USA and Carcanet in the UK in May 2023.
Lesley is a qualified teacher, leading creative writing workshops to encourage children and adults to consider the overlap between ourselves and our surroundings.