Olivia Laing is a writer and critic. She was born in 1977 and lives in Cambridge. She writes and reviews widely, for the Guardian, New Statesman, Observer and New York Times among other publications. She’s also a regular columnist for Frieze.
Her first book, To the River, was published by Canongate in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and the Dolman Travel Book of the Year. Her second book, The Trip to Echo Spring, about writers and alcoholism, was published by Canongate in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. She’s a MacDowell and Yaddo Fellow, and has received awards from the Arts Council UK and the Authors’ Foundation. She was also 2014 Eccles Writer in Residence at the British Library.
Her new book, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, is in an investigation into loneliness by way of art. It will be published by Canongate in March 2016.
For more information please visit www.olivialaing.co.uk
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