The Hitcher – Hannah Lowe
Every now and again there arrives at a poetry magazine a poem that clearly announces a new voice. At The Rialto I think immediately of Peter Sansom’s ‘The Fox In The Writing Class’ or Clare Pollard’s ‘The Heavy Petting Zoo’. ‘Fist’ which starts off Hannah’s pamphlet is another such work. ‘Here’ it says ‘is someone with something to say, and in brilliant command of the means of saying it.’
Hannah Lowe was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father. She has lived in Brighton and Santa Cruz, California. She studied American Literature at the University of Sussex and has a Masters degree in Refugee Studies. Currently she lives in Brixton and teaches literature at a college in Islington.
Her Poems have appeared in Ambit, Acumen, Magma, Rising, Smiths Knoll, The Delinquent, The North and of course The Rialto. Hannah’s poems have won prizes, commendations or been shortlisted in a number of poetry competitions including Aesthetica Creative Works, The Arvon International, Bridport and SQL.
“Hannah Lowe’s poems are hugely enjoyable, full of life as it is really lived, and manage to be completely unpredictable and yet at the same time utterly inevitable. She is an immensely talented writer, and this is an outstanding first collection.” Peter Sansom
“Hannah Lowe is a wonderfully evocative and lyrical writer. She handles form with an easy confidence but she is also a refreshingly able storyteller. With the publication of this pamphlet, Lowe will surely be recognised as one of the most exciting new voices in British poetry.” John Glenday
Cover by Laura Barnard.
(The Rialto Bridge Pamphlet 2011)
ISBN 978-0-9551273-5-9 Price £5.50