Hannah Lowe was born in Ilford to an English mother and Jamaican-Chinese father. She began writing poems aged 29, after her father, a professional gambler, died of cancer and her mother had a stroke.
She cites Gerard Manley Hopkins, Anne Sexton and Mark Doty as influences. “I had been suppressing a lot of grief over a sustained period of time and poetry…opened a door on that pain. I found that I could revisit the past in my poems, and contain it, or alter it even.”
Chick, her first collection, stems from an Arvon course in 2010 in which the Scottish poet John Glenday suggested she write about her father.