Lesley Traynor is a Scottish writer published nationally and internationally. In 2021, her most recent chapbook of poetry, Thrawn, was published by Hybriddreich. Her poem, ‘Towards Stromness,’ was accepted into the George McKay Brown Fellowship Centenary archive, and her poetry and poetry films representing her experience of Lockdown were accepted into the Elphinstone Institute archive. Winner of 2019 Edinburgh
International Book Festival memoir writing prize and short-listed for the 2019 Beyond Borders International writing prize.
She is a trustee of the Federation of Writers (Scotland), a former Director of the Scottish Writers’ Centre, and has an MLitt in Creative Writing. She is currently researching a Shetland-based novel for her MRes in Creative Practice with the University of the Highlands and Islands while transcribing seventeenth-century documents for the Orkney Archives. Passionate about supporting women’s voices, she founded the inclusive collective Women With Fierce Words in 2016, winning the 2021 Jonni Stanton International Award for a filmed event. Her poetry films have been screened at Celtic Connections, Beyond Border Literary Festival, and the Wigtown Book Festival.
L A Traynor/Lesley Traynor