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PSWG @ Home: Afternoon Tea with Kayo Chingonyi

13 May @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know poet, lyricist and editor Kayo Chingonyi in conversation with poet, dramatist and critic Dzifa Benson.

Kayo, who was one of our 2018 Somerset Maugham Award winners, will discuss work, career and activism, as well as offering a glimpse into his creative routine.

This event is part of PSWG @ Home, organised by the SoA’s Poetry & Spoken Word Group (PSWG) – a week-long celebration of poetry and spoken word. It will take place online via Zoom Webinar. The link will be sent to registered attendees.


2 minutes – Welcome from Nadia Bonini, Coordinator of the Poetry and Spoken Word Group and SoA Membership Manager

2 minutes – Introduction from host Dzifa Benson

5-15 minutes – Discussion with Kayo Chingonyi about his work, career and creative routine

10 minutes – Advice for poets on staying creative and connected during the pandemic

5 minutesKayo Chingonyi will do a short reading from A Blood Condition

10-15 minutes – Q&A with audience

If you would like to send questions for Kayo Chingonyi in advance, email Nadia Bonini with ‘Kayo Chingonyi – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.


The line-up


Kayo Chingonyi – Poet, writer, editor

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 a Somerset Maugham Award 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 was a Burgess Fellow at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester before joining Durham University as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing. He is a writer and presenter for the music and culture podcast Decode on Spotify.

Twitter: @KayoChingonyi  | Website: www.kayochingonyi.com


Dzifa Benson – Poet, dramatist, critic

Dzifa Benson is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work intersects science, art, the body and ritual, which she explores through poetry, theatre-making, performance, essays, and criticism. She has performed her work nationally and internationally in many contexts. Her work has been published and presented in Poetry Review, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Telegraph, Royal Opera House, the Bush Theatre and the House of Commons. She is a widely published poet whose most recent publication is in Staying Human, the latest in Bloodaxe Books’ celebrated series of anthologies. Dzifa abridged the National Youth Theatre’s 2021 production of Othello in collaboration with Olivier award-winning director Miranda Cromwell, and is working on a commissioned play, Black Mozart/White Chevalier. She has an MA in Text & Performance from Birkbeck and RADA and is also a Ledbury Critic.

Twitter: @DzifaBenson | Website: www.dzifabenson.com


About the Poetry and Spoken Word Group

The SoA’s Poetry and Spoken Word Group (PSWG) is a professional community for poets and spoken word artists. The Group comes together to discuss issues affecting poets and the spoken word community, offer advice and support, and raise the profile of poetry and performance. Find out more


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13 May
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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