After a special screening of The Harder They Come, this Writers Mosaic event sees TS Eliot Prize shortlisted poet Hannah Lowe, playwright Patricia Cumper and author Colin Grant to discuss how, in just 60 years of Independence, Jamaica has had such a profound effect on global culture.

About The Poet

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Hannah Lowe

Hannah Lowe was born in Essex in 1976 to a white English mother and Afro-Chinese Jamaican father.  Her first poetry collection,Chick, was an elegiac commemoration of her father, a member of the Windrush generation, and professional gambler. In Ormonde, she excavates the story of the SS Ormonde, on which her father migrated, and which arrived in Britain before the better known Empire Windrush. The Kids, inspired by her work as an inner-city sixth form teacher, won the 2021 Costa Book of the Year and Poetry Award.

About The Author

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Patricia Cumper

Patricia Cumper began writing for the theatre in the Caribbean, where she produced a dozen plays including, The Rapist, The Fallen Angel and The Devil’s Concubine. Patricia was the artistic director and CEO of Talawa Theatre Company from 2006 to 2012 and produced George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum in the Victoria & Albert Museum. She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2013 for her work in Black British theatre. 
Her play about Jamaican soldiers in World War One, Chigger Foot Boys, was produced in 2017, and she was one of the contributors to the New Daughters of Africa anthology edited by Margaret Busby  in 2019.