Olivia Laing


Olivia Laing is a writer and critic with a particular interest in books, art, sexuality and places (more on all of that here). From January I'll be 2014 Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library.

Her first book, To the River, was described as 'sublime' by the Times, 'magical' by the Telegraph and 'deeply intelligent' by Literary Review. It was a book of the year in the Evening Standard, Independent and Financial Times and was shortlisted for the 2012 Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year.

Her second book, The Trip to Echo Spring, is an investigation into the liquid links between writers and alcohol. It's been described by Hilary Mantel as "one of the best books I've read on the creative uses of adversity". It was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Biography Prize and the Transmission Prize and was a book of the year in the Times, Observer, Metro, Economist and Times Literary Supplement.

Laing is currently working on The Lonely City, an investigation into the complex cross-currents that exist between loneliness, sex, technology and art. An early essay on the subject, about David Wojnarowicz and Andy Warhol, is published here.

Between 2007 and 2009, Laing was Deputy Books Editor of the Observer. She write and review widely, for the Observer, New Statesman, TLS and Guardian among other publications. You can view my Guardian profile here and my New Statesman profile here. Laing also does a lot of radio, on both sides of the Atlantic.

She regularly lectures and teaches on landscape and writing. Recent awards include a Travelling Scholarship from the Society of Authors,  a MacDowell fellowship and grants from the Arts Council and the Authors' Foundation.

Laing is represented by Janklow & Nesbit. If you'd like to discuss commissions of any sort, do contact me directly or via my agent. And if you want to know why I spent my early twenties living feral in the Sussex countryside you can read my Observer 'Once Upon a Life' here.

SOURCE:   Olivia Laing's website


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