Books

Kumukanda

Kayo Chingonyi

*Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018*
*Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize 2017*
*Shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Poetry Collection Prize 2018*
*Shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2018*
*Shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018*
*Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2018*
*Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian and Daily Telegraph*

Translating as ‘initiation’, kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems of Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived.

Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, here is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.

Biography

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, and moved to the UK at the age of six. He is the author of two pamphlets, and a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry. In 2012, he was awarded a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, and was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in 2015. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre First Poetry Collection Prize, the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Jhalak Prize. Kayo is poetry editor for The White Review and a Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.