Kayo Chingonyi

Award-winning poet who was our first artist in residence

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, and moved to the UK at the age of six. His irst collection Kumukanda won the Costa Prize and his new collection, A Blood Condition, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University.

In 2021 Counterpoints commissioned Kayo to lead a new project Welcome To Yorkshire as part of our Across Borders programme.

Workshops and performances are taking place in the following locations:

– Barnsley, with Barnsley Feels Like Home

– Halifax, with St Augustine’s Centre and Halifax Festival of Words

– Rotherham, with British Red Cross and Grimm & Co

– Leeds, with East Street Arts.

Counterpoints Arts first worked with Kayo for Platforma 2 in Manchester 2015, and subsequently commissioned workshops and performances including alongside hiphop artist Akala at RichMix for Refugee Week.

In 2016 Kayo was the first Counterpoints Arts artist in residence, which included a Creative/Critical Residency on Migration in partnership with the Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway.