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Kayo Chingonyi: Threnodies

Poetry & Lyrics Festival
Spoken Word / Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 3:00pm / St Pancras Room
Free, but ticketed. Please call the Box Office on 020 7520 1490 to book.

Kayo Chingonyi, one of the most exciting and important new voices in British poetry, shares work from his much-anticipated debut full-length collection, Kumukanda – beautifully crafted and powerful poems on race, self-portraiture, music, grief and masculinity. He also presents a new sequence of poems exploring the forms of love poetry and love songs.

‘[Part of] a new wave of innovative, energetic young poets emerging in London’ Evening Standard
‘His language is wonderfully searching, his imagery a series of small doors opening onto a whole house echoing with harmonic play and set with delicate rhythmic trip wires.’ Jane Draycott (Geoffrey Dearmer Prize 2012)
‘Kayo weighs each vowel and syllable as if it’s a thing of beauty, which it is, even when the words themselves are breaking your heart’ Apples and Snakes


Kayo Chingonyi 
is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, will be published in June 2017 with Chatto & Windus. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies, Kayo has been invited to read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally. In 2012 he represented Zambia at Poetry Parnassus, a festival of world poets staged by the Southbank Centre as part of the London 2012 Festival.

He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and shortlisted for the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016.

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