Hannah Lowe, Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing, selected as a Next Generation Poet 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Hannah Portrait

The Department of English and Modern Languages and the Poetry Centre are delighted with today's news that Hannah Lowe, recently appointed as Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing, has been named as one of the twenty Next Generation Poets 2014. Compiled once every ten years, the list of poets will, according to the Poetry Book Society, organisers of the initiative, 'dominate the poetry landscape of the coming decade'. Previous lists from 1994 (run by the Poetry Society) and 2004 (run by the Poetry Book Society) featured poets who have subsequently done just that, such as Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Don Paterson, Kathleen Jamie, and Alice Oswald. The 2004 list also had Brookes connections, with both Patience Agbabi and Tobias Hill appearing on it. Reflecting on the news, Hannah said: 'I'm absolutely delighted to be included on this Next Generation list, and to have this kind of support and endorsement. It's wonderful to be among so many poets I admire and to follow-on from the wonderful poets named in previous lists, many of whom inspired me to write.' Hannah’s collection, Chick, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2013, and shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize, as well as the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and The Seamus Heaney Centre Prize for Poetry 2014. The Next Generation Poets be appearing in an extensive programme of twenty-three events across the country involving past and current poets, and culminating in a celebration at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 15th March 2015, to which all the poets will be invited. To coincide with the promotion of the twenty Next Generation Poets 2014, the Institute of English Studies (IES) and Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre will be running an academic conference at the IES in March 2015. Designed to reflect upon the New and Next Generation initiatives from 1994, 2004 and 2014, the conference will examine the relationship between poetry and the public, what the lists can tell us about the state and direction of British poetry and poetry publishing over the past 20 years, and what the long-term effect of these lists might be.