Apples and Snakes and Tate Enterprises presents:
Apples and Snakes @ Tate

Join poet Kayo Chingonyi in presenting his first full-length collection of poems,
Kumukanda, published by Chatto & Windus.

Translated 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.

Kayo Chingonyi will read from his work, followed by a Q & A and book

When: Friday 20 October, 7.00pm
Where: Tate Modern, Terrace Shop, L1, Blavatnik Building
Tickets: Free

Kayo Chingonyi (pronounced kai-o chin-gone- yee) 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). As well as being widely published
in journals and anthologies, Kayo has co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry
and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review as well as been invited to
read from his work at venues and events across the UK and internationally.
He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012.