Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her poetry includes The Casual Perfect and Minsk. She has also published novels along with two works of non-fiction, The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. Her latest book of poetry, A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde, was published by Faber in March 2014.
Her interest in image-making and the problems of perception, both central to Troilus and Criseyde, led to her studying seventeenth-century Dutch art at the Courtauld Institute and becoming the first artist-in-residence at the Science Museum.