Born Elizabeth Dodd in 1906, Lavinia Derwent is from the Cheviot hills near Jedburgh. A writer and broadcaster, she is best known for her island novel series Sula, which she started in 1969.
Her 1920s stories of Tammy Troot were read on Auntie Kathleen’s Children’s Hour on Scottish Radio. In the 1970s she presented, along with Molly Weir and Cliff Hanley, a TV series on her Borders childhood. The stories from this series were collected in two autobiographical anthologies, A Breath of Border Air and Another Breath of Border Air.