Laura Dockrill

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Laura Dockrill (born 28 May 1986) is an English performance poet, author[1] illustrator and short story writer.

Dockrill was born and grew up in Brixton, and attended The Brit School of Performing Arts in Croydon, where she was friends with singers Kate Nash and Adele. She inspired Adele's song "My Same" after they had a falling out in their relationship, which they have since rekindled, as well as Nash's poem "Pistachio Nut."[citation needed]

She has performed at gigs and festivals such as Glastonbury, Latitude, Camp Bestival, The Big Chill, udderBELLY and the London Word Festival. Dockrill has appeared on Newsnight Review and Woman's Hour. In 2012, she was interviewed by Fleeting Magazine where she discussed her love of tea and having hallucinations on the London Underground.[2] She is currently one of the writers-in-residence for the charity First Story.


Mistakes in the Background (HarperCollins, 2008)

Dockrill’s first book, Mistakes in the Background, is semi-fictional but takes a realistic view of life in London, growing up as a young person and the struggles encountered with youth. She has illustrated her poetry with her own drawings. Her poetry has been described as Quentin Blake and Tim Burton rolled into one,[citation needed] and over 300,000 people have listened to it on Myspace.

Ugly Shy Girl (HarperCollins, 2009)

Dockrill's second piece of published work, Ugly Shy Girl, is a novella in diary form, which follows the life of a girl who finds it difficult to make friends and who lacks self-confidence.

Echoes (HarperCollins, 2010)

Echoes is a collection of short stories featuring animals and food, school children and beggars in London.

"Darcy Burdock" (2014) is a book about a little girls diary and her adventures with her friends and arguments with her evil neighbours

Lorali (Hot Key Books, 2015)

Full-length novel. Colourful, raw, brave, rich and fantastical - this mermaid tale is not for the faint-hearted.

Aurabel (Hot Key Books, 2017)

Laura Dockrill makes a dramatic return to the sea set in the same world as the sparkling and magnetic mermaid story, Lorali.


  1. ^ Walker, Esther (11 April 2009). "The Facebook poets: ten rising stars of British poetry". The Times. London. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 

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