Teaching poetry, writing poetry: In conversation with Hannah Lowe


We are delighted to welcome poet Hannah Lowe as she examines the acts of teaching and learning, and how education intersects with social class, gender and race, all of which are explored in her 2021 Costa Book of the Year winning collection The Kids. Hannah will be discussing these rich themes with Fay Lant, our own Head of Schools Programmes.


Hannah Lowe taught for a decade in an inner-city London sixth form. The students she taught appear as fictionalized characters in her recent collection The Kids. In these empathetic and humorous poems, Hannah also examines her own childhood as she comes of age in London in the 80s and 90s, and then bears witness to her own small son learning to negotiate contemporary London.

About Hannah Lowe

Hannah was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father. She has worked as a teacher of literature, and is now a lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University. She has been poet in residence at Keats House, and in 2020 she received a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors.

Hannah's debut was pamphlet The Hitcher (The Rialto, 2011). Her collection Chick (Bloodaxe Books, 2013) won the 2015 Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, was shortlisted for a number of other awards, and was selected for the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation Poets 2014 promotion. This was followed by two pamphlets, R x (sine wave peak, 2013) and Ormonde (Hercules Editions, 2014), and her family memoir Long Time No See (Periscope, 2015).

Accessing the event

Teaching poetry, writing poetry: In conversation with Hannah Lowe takes place as part of Young Writers, a range of engaging writing programmes for primary and secondary schools. It is aimed at secondary English leads, but is suitable for anyone who is interested in poetry and education.

Attendance is free and will take place via Zoom Webinar.

After you have registered a link to join the Zoom event will be emailed to you - if this doesn't arrive, please look in your junk folder.

If you have questions about the event email the Young Writers team.