Hannah Lowe's 'The Kids' wins Costa poetry award
Hannah Lowe has won the Costa poetry prize with her collection of sonnets The Kids (Bloodaxe), which draws on her years of teaching in an inner-city London sixth form, and her experiences as a teenager and a mother.
The Costa poetry award Judges Rishi Dastidar, Ian Duhig and Maya Jaggi said: "The Kids is the real deal. A page turner about the experience of teaching and being taught, it made us want to punch the air with joy... A contemporary book that buzzes with life while re-energising the sonnet that Shakespeare would recognise. All readers will find something of themselves here."
Hannah Lowe was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father. Her first book-length collection Chick (Bloodaxe) won the Michael Murphy Memorial prize. Her second full-length collection, Chan, was published by Bloodaxe in 2016.