National Poetry Library Lates

Join us for the first National Poetry Library Late salon, in the newly refurbished Hayward Gallery Cafe, with poets Hannah Lowe, Theresa Lola and MacGillivray.

Lowe’s pamphlet The Neighbourhood (Outspoken Press, January 2019) asks what a neighbour is. What makes a community?

In this themed collection, Lowe focuses on a small urban district, and finds a rich complexity of neighbourliness under extreme pressure. Nowhere is more at stake than the circle of home the author draws around her infant son, who must learn the fragile meanings of the neighbourhood.

Writer and artist MacGillivray’s new publication, The Gaelic Garden of the Dead (Bloodaxe, February 2019) is three Books of the Dead bound as one.

This trilogy comprises an alphabet of trees spoken as witness to a Highland hanging, ten pattern poetry dream diagrams and thirty-five death sonnets deconstructed to Mary Queen of Scots.

Theresa Lola’s debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium is an extraordinary, and exacting study of death and grieving with the poems working towards the hard-wired truths of life itself, finding hope in survival, lines of rescue in faith, a stubborn equilibrium in the equations of loss and renewal.

Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection Chick won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection and was shortlisted for multiple prizes. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation poets.

MacGillivray has published two books of poetry, The Last Wolf of Scotland (Pighog/Red Hen, 2013) and The Nine of Diamonds: Surroial Mordantless (Bloodaxe Books, 2016).

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet, events programmer and workshop facilitator. She is the joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Bridport Poetry Prize and 2016 London Magazine Poetry Prize.


Dates & times

27 Feb 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Hayward Gallery
Dan Graham Waterloo Sunset Pavilion


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+