Keats House welcomes Hannah Lowe as next Poet-in-Residence
Hannah Lowe, whose poetry explores the themes of family, multiculturalism, heritage, and London – as well as her Chinese-Jamaican lineage – has been appointed the next Poet-in-Residence at Keats House.
Lowe, who lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University, will take over the one-year position next month, and will create new work about ‘neighbours’ during her residency at the City of London Corporation-owned House. She will also perform at a series of public events, lead poetry workshops, and work with students in local schools.
Previous Poets-in-Residence at the poet’s home in Hampstead from 1818 to 1820, include former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jo Shapcott and Daljit Nagra.
Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection, Chick, won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for the Forward, Aldeburgh and Seamus Heaney Best First Collection Prizes. In September 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets. She has also published three chapbooks, and a memoir, Long Time No See, which featured as a Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her latest poetry collection is Chan.
Graham Packham, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage and Libraries Committee, said:
“Keats House is one of the jewels in the City of London Corporation’s crown and my colleagues and I hope that Hannah will enjoy working as its new Poet-in-Residence. Her expertise and ability to draw upon a wide range of themes will certainly stand her in good stead during her residency.”
Vicky Carroll, Principal Curator at Keats House, said:
“I am looking forward to welcoming Hannah to Keats House, and to discussing our ideas about the year ahead. There is so much to enjoy about working as one of our Poets-in-Residence, not least, the chance to perform in this beautiful house where John wrote some of his best-loved work nearly 200 years ago, and to enthuse people about the love of poetry.”
The City of London Corporation, which owns and manages Keats House, invests over £80m every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. It is the UK’s largest funder of culture after the government, the BBC, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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