Valerie Laws



Valerie Laws is a poet, crime and comedy novelist, playwright and sci-art specialist.

Her recent title THE OPERATOR is the stunning new crime fiction novel, sequel to the dynamic bestselling THE ROTTING SPOT (Read Regional Choice, Northern Promise Award, shortlisted for McKitterick Prize, endorsed by Ann Cleeves and Val McDermid).

Her award-winning collection ALL THAT LIVES, poetry of sex, death and pathology, arises from funded Residencies at a London Pathology Museum and KCL Medical School, and at Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Health, working with neuroscientists and pathologists.

Her 12 plays were commissioned for stage and BBC radio. Many prizes and awards, including a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, twice prize winner in National Poetry competition, two Northern Writers Awards. Invents new forms and devises science-themed poetry installations and commissions including the infamous QUANTUM SHEEP, an Arts Council-funded project spray-painting random haiku onto live sheep. She featured in BBC2 TV's documentary WHY POETRY MATTERS, & live at Royal Festival Hall with a quantum haiku on inflatable beach balls.

Her poetry AV installation SLICING THE BRAIN, based on poetry from ALL THAT LIVES, changes to reflect its subject of dementia. It has featured in public exhibitions/festivals in London, Berlin and Newcastle to great acclaim and reviews, and her embedded haiku WINDOW OF ART computer-controlled illuminated commission is in St Thomas Hospital.

Many other residencies, including in Egypt, newly in Dilston Physic Garden. She performs her work extensively in the media and live at festivals and events in UK, Ireland and New York City.


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The Facebook
of the Dead

The Operator

The Rotting Spot

All That Lives