Born in Dundee and brought up in Fife, Dorothy Lawrenson is a poet who writes in English and Scots. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh, having earned her MFA at Texas State University. Her poems have appeared in Edinburgh Review, Frogmore Papers, Gutter, Irish Pages, Lallans, and South, and in the anthologies Best New British and Irish Poets 2019 (Eyewear), A Year of Scottish Poems (Macmillan), Be the First to Like This (Vagabond Voices), Double Bill (Red Squirrel Press) and Whaleback City (Dundee University Press). She was the winner of the Wigtown Scots Prize in the 2019 Wigtown Poetry Prize.
In the ghyll
The May banks quivered, frothed with haw. The river would give and it would keep; the way it had of hiding and glinting, flowing and finding. One by one, children leapt from a bough – the last had to be coaxed. Coin-like, river pebbles underwrote coins of light: river furtive and showy, flashy and shy. At last the child surrendered to the dark pool as if giving up a great secret. Heavy rain had filled the ghyll; gasping from the cold, the child broke the surface, scattering a ransom.