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Owen Lowery receives RSL Literature Matters grant

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

No Text We're delighted to announce that Carcanet poet and PN Review contributor Owen Lowery has received £2,800 from the Royal Society of Literature, as part of their Literature Matters awards, for his proposed project 'R. S. Thomas for a New Generation, The Poet Prevails'.

A production of poetry, music and film, the project is inspired by the poetry of R. S. Thomas, and will be in collaboration with the composer Ellen Davies, Ensemble Cymru, the Royal harpist and choristers in Bangor Cathedral. In Jonathan Keates’s, view this ‘mixed-media homage to R. S. Thomas is a tribute long overdue, celebrating one of Wales’s most idiosyncratic and sharply-defined poetic voices.’


Owen Lowery is a former British Judo champion, and tetraplegic. His work has appeared in PN Review, The Times, and the Guardian, and he has published two major collections, Otherwise Unchanged, (Carcanet, 2012), and Rego Retold (Carcanet, 2015). Owen says, ‘this will be the perfect opportunity for me to greatly extend the reach of my poetry, at the same time as raising awareness of the degree to which literature really does matter.'

Congratulations Owen!



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