Hannah Lowe's The Kids shortlisted for Costa Poetry Award

Hannah Lowe's The Kids shortlisted for Costa Poetry Award

 

'A contemporary book that buzzes with life while re-energising the sonnet that Shakespeare would recognise. All readers will find something of themselves here.' - Costa Poetry Award Judges

 

Hannah Lowe's third collection The Kids, a book of sonnets about teaching, learning, growing up and parenthood, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Poetry Award.  The Kids was the Poetry Book Society's Choice for Autumn 2021 and is also on the shortlist for the 2021 T S Eliot Prize.

The shortlists of the five categories in the Costa Book Awards were announced on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on the evening of 23 November 2021.  Critic Alex Clark discussed the shortlists with Samira Ahmed, and commented 'It's a very, very strong poetry category this year I think.'

The judges for the 2021 Costa Poetry Award are Rishi Dastidar, Ian Duhig and Maya Jaggi. They described The Kids as 'A contemporary book that buzzes with life while re-energising the sonnet that Shakespeare would recognise. All readers will find something of themselves here.'

BBC Radio 4's Front Row of 23 November 2021.  The shortlists for the five categories were announced  from 18:25. The poetry category was announced at 27:44, and earlier in the programme, at 25:54, critic Alex Clark commented, 'It's a very, very strong poetry category this year I think', when discussing poet A K Blakemore's shortlisted first novel. Listen here.

The full shortlist can be seen on the Costa Book Awards website here.

The five category winners of the 2021 Costa Book Awards will be announced on Tuesday 4th January 2022 on Radio 4's Front Row. Each category winner will receive £5000.

The winner of the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year will be announced on Tuesday 1st February 2022.

Coverage of the shortlists in The Guardian here.  The listing for Hannah Lowe links to Mary Jean Chan's Guardian review of The Kids in her September best recent poetry round-up.

~~~~

Hannah Lowe's third collection The Kids was published by Bloodaxe on 16 September 2021. It was the Poetry Book Society's Choice for Autumn 2021 and is also on the shortlist for the 2021 T S Eliot Prize. 

At the heart of this book of sonnets are ‘The Kids’, the students she nurtured during her decade of teaching in an inner-city sixth form in the 2000s. The poems draw on that experience, but the scenarios have been fictionalised.  In the central section, Hannah writes about herself coming of age in the riotous 80s and 90s, while the final poems bear witness to her young son learning to negotiate contemporary London. 

Her previous two Bloodaxe collections are Chick (2014), winner of the 2015 Michael Murphy Prize, and Chan (2016).

~~~~

Hannah Lowe was a guest on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking on 16 September 2021.  She was discussing ideas of belonging with host Shahidha Bari and fellow guests Akram Khan, Tash Aw and Eleanor Lybeck, and read from her just-published third collection The Kids.  Hannah contributes at 2.56 and 29.02. She is interviewed from 15.31. Listen here.

 

Links to other interviews with Hannah and reviews of The Kids are on Bloodaxe's news page here.

Details of forthcoming readings and videos of recent events with Hannah Lowe are here.


[23 November 2021]


Back to News And Publicity

cart
CART
search
TITLE SEARCH

A-Z

AUTHORS

A-Z

CATEGORIES

View Larger Text