Places of Poetry at Hadrian's Wall

A digital map of England and Wales

Throughout 2019, we’re pleased to be part of Places of Poetry, a community arts project led by poet Paul Farley and academic Andrew McRae, based at the universities of Exeter and Lancaster. On 23 August 2019, a series of bookable creative writing workshops will be led by our poet-in-residence Kayo Chingonyi

What is Places of Poetry?

Places of Poetry is open to all readers and writers. It aims to use creative writing to prompt reflection on national and cultural identities in England and Wales, celebrating diversity, heritage and personalities of places.

The Places of Poetry website is open for writers to pin their poems on an interactive map until 4 October 2019. Writers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to join in and share their different perspectives on the places and histories of England and Wales.

To promote the project and generate new writing, events and activities will be held across a number of partner sites. At Hadrian’s Wall, Kayo Chingonyi has been commissioned as poet-in-residence.

In August 2019, Kayo will be staying on Hadrian’s Wall and writing an original piece of work inspired by the local landscape. You too can get inspired on your visit and write a poem to pin on the interactive Places of Poetry map.

On Friday 23 August 2019, Kayo will be leading a series of workshops (booking essential), consisting of a short walk around the site followed by a creative writing session. The workshops are suitable for children and adults, and suitable for those who have little or no experience in creative writing and are keen to learn more.

Find out more and book onto a free workshop session here

About Kayo Chingonyi

Kayo Chingonyi 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).

His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, was published in June 2017 by Chatto & Windus and went on to win the Dylan Thomas Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award.

He was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and has completed residencies with Kingston University, Cove Park, First Story, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Royal Holloway University of London in partnership with Counterpoints Arts.

He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016, Anthony Burgess Fellow at Manchester University in 2018, and co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review. He is now poetry editor for The White Review.

Kayo is also an emcee, producer, and DJ and regularly collaborates with musicians and composers both as a poet and a lyricist.