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Adam Lowe
BornLeeds, UK
OccupationWriter, publisher, performer, teacher[1]
GenrePoetry, plays, fiction, novel, short story, science fiction
SubjectBlack British, LGBT, disabled
Notable worksPrecocious

Adam Lowe (born 1985) is a writer, performer and publisher from Leeds, UK, though he currently lives in Manchester.[2] He is of Caribbean (St. Kitts), British and Irish descent.[3] He occasionally performs as Beyonce Holes.[4]

Lowe writes about disability, LGBT experiences and the lives of mixed race/Black British communities.[5] He writes poetry, plays and fiction. He tutors for The Poetry School[6], he is a facilitator with English PEN[7] and he teaches at the University of Leeds.[8]

Adam founded and runs Young Enigma, is Editor-in-Chief of Vada Magazine and Dog Horn Publishing, is Publicity Officer for Peepal Tree Press and Slate Enabler for Eclipse Theatre.[9] He has performed around the work, at festivals and conferences, and has supported the professional development of a variety of artists over the years.[10] He is also on the management committee for Schools OUT UK.[11]

Carol Rumens of The Guardian describes him as a 'versatile and widely published young writer'.[12]

In 2018-9, he featured in the British Library's Windrush Stories exhibition, performing a poem based on the Lord's Prayer.[13] In 2019, his poem 'Bone Railroad', about slavery and the Middle Passage was selected as Poem of the Week by The Yorkshire Times.[14]

In 2017, he performed with composer Nikki Franklin in the Speaker's Chambers at the House of Commons for LGBT History Month.[15]

In 2015, his Polari poem Vada That was selected as The Guardian Poem of the Week.[16] His play Friend Roulette ran for a week at the Amersham Arms in London.[17] A four-star review in Theatre Bubble said: 'Friend Roulette by LGBT writer Adam Lowe, directed by Rachel Owens, sheds light on a gay friendship that is pushed by.. society? inhibitions? fear? into the confines of a chat room (Friend Roulette). But it could also be a comment on the real life app, Grindr, where users meet for sex and chance encounters. The intensity of the meetings that can only be virtual and therefore ‘not real’ for one of the friends, played by Robert Wallis, causes him to break free for the real world, leaving his internet friend Jonathan Woodhouse, stuck in the hell of a darkened room.' The Guardian referred to the short play, in published form, as 'a fine playlet that I was very impressed by'.[18]

In 2014, he toured his solo show, Ecstasies, which began at Contact Theatre's Queer Contact.[19] He also performed a poem about cruising for 4thought.tv on Channel 4.[20]

In 2012, his pamphlet Precocious (Fruit Bruise Press) was a reader nomination for the Guardian First Book Prize, which the publication described as, 'A vivid picture of emotions, deeply felt, but with a clear-eyed view of the ways we humans live, love and sometimes betray'.[21] He has also had residencies at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Zion Arts Centre.[22] He was also Yorkshire's poet for the 12 Poets of 2012 scheme, celebrating the 2012 Olympics, where he visited Anthony Ogogo on a training session.[23] He was also published in MTV Books' Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, edited by Saul Williams and Dufflyn Lammers.[24]

In 2011, Adam was writer on attachment at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and partnered with composer Nikki Franklin for Leeds Lieder+ at Leeds College of Music, before the two collaborated on a new work, 'Mary', for the BBC Singers.[25]

In 2010, he was writer-in-residence at I Love West Leeds Arts Festival in Armley.[26] He also studied under Madani Younis at Freedom Studios in Bradford.[27]

He was formerly Features Editor for Bent Magazine and Editor of Polluto.[28]. He has spoken at the Black and Asian Writers Conference.[29]

He is the son of Councillor Alison Lowe, and like her graduated with both a BA and MA from the University of Leeds.[30]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Best British Poetry 2015, edited by Roddy Lumsden (Salt Publishing, 2015)
  • SPOKE: New Queer Voices (as editor) (Fruit Bruise Press, 2015)
  • Ten: The New Wave, edited by Karen McCarthy-Woolf (Bloodaxe Books, 2014)
  • Black and Gay in the UK, edited by John R. Gordon and Rikki Beadle Blair
  • Precocious (Fruit Bruise Press, 2012)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Adam Lowe - Enabler - Greater Manchester – Bio". Sheffield. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  2. "ME-Pedia: Adam Lowe – Wiki". online. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  3. "Artistic Horizons presents a conversation with Adam Lowe and Dr. Leanne Haynes – Features, Literature". ARC Magazine. London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  4. "Adam Lowe: Ecstasies – Review – Reviews, Literature". Vada Magazine. Manchester, UK. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  5. "ME-Pedia: Adam Lowe – Wiki". online. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  6. "Meet Our New One-to-One Tutors! – News". London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. "Our workshop facilitators – News". London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  8. Adam Lowe, 'Alumni Profile: Alison Lowe', Leeds: The Magazine for Alumni of the University of Leeds, 19 (2018), 35.
  9. "Adam Lowe - Enabler - Greater Manchester – Bio". Sheffield. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  10. "Adam Lowe - Enabler - Greater Manchester – Bio". Sheffield. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  11. ""institutionally ableist " – Schools OUT's Adam Lowe on the ME Scandal – News". London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  12. "Poem of the week: Vada That by Adam Lowe – Features, Books, Poetry". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  13. "Out of Bounds: Adam Lowe – News, Videos". London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  14. "Poem Of The Week: 'Bone Railroad' By Adam Lowe – Features, Literature". The Yorkshire Times. Leeds. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  15. "Parliament's Speaker's Chamber Goes Rainbow to Launch LGBT History Month 2017 – News". London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  16. "Poem of the week: Vada That by Adam Lowe – Features, Books, Poetry". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  17. "Bare Essentials – Encompass Productions, Amersham Arms – Review, Theatre". theatre bubble. London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  18. "Guardian First Book Award reader nominations: Precocious by Adam Lowe – Review, Books, Poetry". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  19. "Adam Lowe – Bio". Leeds. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  20. "Artistic Horizons presents a conversation with Adam Lowe and Dr. Leanne Haynes – Features, Literature". ARC Magazine. London. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  21. "Guardian First Book Award reader nominations: Precocious by Adam Lowe – News". The Guardian. London. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  22. Terror Scribes – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  23. "Leeds poet joins chozen dozen to see Olympic poem displayed – News". Yorkshire Evening Post. Leeds. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  24. Terror Scribes – MTV Books/Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  25. "Composers+ Poets Showcase at Leeds Lieder+ – News". Bachtrack. London. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  26. "DIGITISE THIS by Adam Lowe – News". Electric Literature. New York. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  27. "Adam Lowe – Bio". Inscribe Writers. Leeds. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  28. "New Stages 2008 – News". University of Leeds. Leeds. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  29. "BAWC16 PROGRAMME – Programme". Cultureword: Black Writers Conference. Manchester. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  30. "Adam Lowe – Bio". Academia.edu. Leeds. Retrieved 2019-07-16.

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