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.

  • Chatto & Windus
  • Published 1st June 2017
  • 64 Pages
  • 135mm x 216mm x 4mm
  • 79g
  • £10.00