The Kids wins the Costa Poetry Award

I’m delighted The Kids has won the Costa Poetry Award! Thanks to the judges – Rishi Dastidar, Ian Duhig and Maya Jaggi

The Kids shortlisted for the Costa Book Award

So happy to be shortlisted with Ray Antrobus, Kayo Chingonyi and Victora Kenneflict for the Costa!

The Kids reviewed by Sean Hewitt in The Irish Times

‘The Kids  combines formal skill with a rare bravery, and bears a lightness of touch that is often virtuosic…Lowe is attuned to changing language, and to the politics of class and race and their intersections with education and the educator. The classroom channels all the vibrant and violent aspects of English culture, and Lowe’s skill is to hold both the personal and the political in balance’ – read the rest of the review here

Coronet Reading, Notting Hill – 9th December

I’ll be reading from The Kids with Imtiaz Dharker and Kayo Chingonyi at The Coronet on Thursday December 9th – ticket info here

The Kids is shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize

I’ve been dreaming of being on this shortlist since I began my life in poetry. It’s an amazing list this year – delighted to have been shortlisted among old and new poetry friends

Poetry East – Saturday 25th September

Looking forward to my first live reading in a year and a half! Reading and Q & A with Maitreyabhandu at Poetry East, London Buddhist Centre, 7pm, Sat 25th September

Upcoming Readings – The Kids

16 OCT / BLOODAXE LAUNCH with Selima Hill and Stephanie Norgate (online)

20 SEPT / FOREST POETS (online)

25 SEPT  / POETRY EAST London Buddhist Centre (live)

30 SEPT / OVER THE EDGE (online)

1 OCT / POETICS OF HOME  with Jennifer Lee-Tsai, Shirley Lim and Kit Fan (online)


11 OCT / WHAT WE READ NOW with Richard Scott, Will Harris and Anna Selby (online)

7 OCT / BURLEY FISHER launch event (live)


Happy to see The Kids is reviewed here in the Guardian’s poetry roundup alongside brilliant collections by Daniel Sluman, Ray Antrobus and Gail McConnell 


Earl Cameron at the BFI

The BFI season on the late, wonderful Earl Cameron includes a screening of ‘Sapphire‘ on 10th August – I’ll be on a panal discussing the concept of ‘passing’ in a British context.

Launch Event for the Kids

I’ll be launching The Kids alongside new books from Selima Hill and Stephanie Norgate in 16th September 7pm. Hope you can join. Booking here