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Some Answers Without Questions

Lavinia Greenlaw

From the prizewinning poet and writer, a concise and elegant feminist polemic.

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The place I went to when I could not speak was also where my voice came from.

Part memoir, part manifesto, Some Answers Without Questions is a rigorous and lyrical work of self-investigation. Lavinia Greenlaw sets out to explore the impulse to say something, to write or sing, and finds herself confronting matters of presence and absence, anger and speechlessness, authority and permission. The result is important and timely, a spirited and vital exploration of what enables anyone – but a woman and an artist in particular – to create and respond even when not invited to do so. Some Answers Without Questions is the result of decades of answering questions that don’t really matter – and not being asked the ones that do.

Critic Reviews

A delight: approachable, rigorous and omnivorous in its frame of reference ... a timely, lyrical investigation into what it means to create.

Hephzibah Anderson, Observer
Critic Reviews

A pointed, svelte but diverse work.

Brian Dillon, Irish Times

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London where she has lived for most of her life. She studied seventeenth-century art at the Courtauld Institute, and was awarded a NESTA fellowship to pursue her interest in vision, travel and perception. Her poetry includes Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Poetry Prizes. She has also published novels…

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