"haunting, yet hopeful"
"full of charm"
"masterful work, full of formal innovation and imaginative flare with memorable lines I immediately wanted to share with people" - Luke Kennard
Hannah Swingler is a poet, storyteller, artist, and teacher that works across a kaleidoscope of platforms.
Hannah's first collection 'The Dress Has Pockets' was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2019.
She has performed across the country and internationally, on stages, streets and radio. Her work explores themes of nostalgia, family relationships, mental health, and local history and heritage. She is constantly exploring narratives surrounding memory.
Hannah has recently been commissioned by The Poetry Society and Canal & River Trust, Ledbury Poetry Festival, BBC Arts and the Overhear App.
In 2019, she was a BBC New Creative, Birmingham Hippodrome Young Poet and a resident poet for the Birmingham Midland Institute's BMI Live! programme. She was also the voice and face of Nationwide Building Society's latest marketing campaign.
She is represented by Curtis Brown.
Hannah was awarded a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham in 2018, where she coached their uniSLAM team to victory. In 2019, she joined them to win the Hammer & Tongue Team Slam at The Royal Albert Hall, making her a multi-slam winner alongside 2018's CoachesSLAM.
Hannah spends her days teaching secondary and sixth form students that it's okay to be messy. She can also quote the whole of Mean Girls and finds it fundamentally strange if someone is not a dessert person.
She believes good things come to those who make.