Kayo Chingonyi on His Favorites

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“I went through a Philip Glass phase, but I’m out of that now. Lately I write to silence, usually.” In this Vintage Books interview, Kayo Chingonyi answers questions about his literary and pop culture influences, daily routine, and books he thinks everyone should read. Chingonyi won the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut poetry collection, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017).

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Kayo Chingonyi

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“I think something like garage or grime or rap, hip-hop, appeals to me because they’re very metrical, rhyme-based forms.” Zambian British poet Kayo Chingonyi talks about his path to poetry, his interests and influences, and internationalism and Anglophone literature for Writers’ Centre Norwich. Chingonyi won the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut poetry collection, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus, 2017).

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Iris Murdoch

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In part one of an extended interview, Man Booker Prize–winning author Iris Murdoch discusses the differences between writing literature and philosophy. Two of her most celebrated novels, A Severed Head (Chatto & Windus, 1961) and The Sea, the Sea (Chatto & Windus, 1978), have just been rereleased in a combined hardcover edition by Everyman's Library.

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