Swansea University’s International Dylan Thomas Prize to have strong presence at Zee Jaipur Literary Festival

Swansea University’s International Dylan Thomas Prize is set to have a strong presence this week at the Zee Jaipur Literary Festival which is heralded as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth.’

Kayo Chingonyi, winner of 2018 International Dylan Thomas PrizeThe festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan, will be hosting Kayo Chingonyi, the 32 year old, Zambian born British poet whose stunning debut poetry collection ‘Kumukanda’ was awarded the prestigious £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize in Swansea last May. He continues his stellar year by appearing at the festival on 24th and 26th January.

The writer will read his acclaimed works as part of a daily series of multi-vocal poetry readings featuring writers from around the world and will feature as part of an esteemed panel discussing Reni Eddo-Lodge’s bestseller on race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race. The book, which explores everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, was crowned the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year in 2018 and sparked a national conversation in Britain.

Previous members of the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize judging panel will also be appearing at the Festival. Belfast’s Paul McVeigh, author of the Polari First Book prize winning The Good Son and Indian poet, journalist and dancer Tishani Doshi, whose first poetry collection, Countries of the Body, won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection, and Namita Gokhale, the founder and co-director of the Zee Jaipur Literary Festival, are all appearing throughout the event.

Swansea University’s Dr Elaine Canning, Executive Officer of the prize will also appear to inform attendees about its world-leading literature prize, which is the richest literary prize for young writers aged between18 and 39.

The past decade has seen Zee Jaipur Literary Festival transform into a global literary phenomenon and has hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcomed over a million book lovers from across India and the globe. The festival runs from 24th-28th January and more information can be found here