The Drift

Hannah Lavery’s wonderful performance-poetry monologue The Drift... asks the most challenging questions of the western world - and in this case of Scotland - about our real views on race and belonging.
— Joyce McMillan (The Scotsman)

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Hannah Lavery is a writer and performer experienced in delivering creative writing and poetry workshops.

The Drift, her spoken word theatre show, previewed at the Tron theatre in October 2018, as part of Black History Month, produced by The National Theatre of Scotland.

The Drift is part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Season 2019, going on tour in Autumn 2019. Find out more here.

The poetry from The Drift, will be published with Stewed Rhubarb Press in early 2019.

She has been part of many spoken word nights including, Flint and Pitch, Sonnet Youth, Chill Habibi and has also performed at Electric Fields, CoastWord, the Gutter Magazine Party, Solas and Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival.

She has also written two long form spoken word shows for the Edinburgh Fringe as well as having two of her plays performed as rehearsed readings at Words, Words, Words at the Traverse Theatre.

She has had writing commissions from The Lyceum Theatre, North Light Arts, Edinburgh University and Greater Glasgow NHS and was awarded a Tom McGrath Playwriting Grant in 2015, a Megaphone Residency from The Workers’ Theatre in 2017 and was part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Just Start Here festival in January 2018.

Her stories, poems and blogs have published in a variety of different publications including Gutter Magazine, The Scottish Book Trust and 404 ink.

She was shorlisted for the Bridgeport Prize (poetry) in 2017.

Her flash fiction pamphlet, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press in 2017.

She was part of the panel of judges for the BBC Fringe Poetry Slam 2018, and is also one of the judges for the Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award (Poetry).

Scottish Book Trust Reader in Residence for East Lothian in 2015.

She founded the Dunbar based writing collective, The Writing Mums and the literary festival, CoastWord, in 2012 and has been its Creative Director ever since.

An experienced workshop facilitator, she has delivered workshops for children and adults in many different settings including, Edinburgh Book Festival, Fringe by the Sea, North Light Arts, WHALE Arts, Crisis Scotland and Book Week Scotland.

Hannah has a HNC in Acting and Performance (merit) and a degree in English and Education with Post Colonial Literature (First Class) from the University of Stirling with a diploma in Secondary English Teaching and seven years teaching experience in the Scottish Secondary system.

She is currently Scottish Poetry Library’s Engagement Coordinator as well as the Creative Director of CoastWord.




Scotland from The Drift. Film produced by The National Theatre of Scotland

The two filmpoems below were made by Carey Douglas from North Light Arts. The poems Apple Day and Bee Man Chats Bees were commissioned by North Lights Arts for their Natural Magic Project in Dunbar.

The filmpoem below was made by Roy Moller as part of the Dunbards’ project supported by CoastWord and Creative Scotland.

Filmpoem made by Roy Moller of my poem, Kellie Road, chosen to be part of My Favourite Places project by Scottish Book Trust.

Rocket Girls

A pamphlet of my flash fiction from Postbox Press is now available to buy here

The Rocket Girl was all set, yet at final checks she was stalled by Mission Control.

Rocket Girls is Hannah’s debut pamphlet of shorts. In it she explores the lives of a series of women and their fights, both their victories and defeats, to find and to use their voice, their power, and their freedom. The short short stories cover many of the themes around growing up, belonging, motherhood and mental health in short wee glimpses and in side-way glances.

And she has to remain here, his stay-at-home deity. Throwing her screams into neon plastic tumblers. Celebrating victories one removed, whilst they create marks on her like tree rings.


‘The excitement and confusion of growing up is distilled right here; the fitting in, the falling out, the winning, the losing, the longing to belong. Love, loss and love again are revealed in Rocket Girls in blinding glimpses and heart-breaking snippets told in language rich and mesmerising.’ —Catherine Simpson

You can buy Rocket Girls from Postbox Press here