Day 10: Small Press Advent Calendar: SALT

day 10Up next by popular request (and not just for melting the ice), this publisher has had a great year, with some fantastic achievements including a title shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (The Lighthouse by Alison Moore). Behind Door 10, we have…

‘Some Bright Elegance’ by Kayo Chingonyi, Published by Salt

Salt was founded in 1999, and since then has published nearly 1000 titles. They are proudly independent and deal with work spanning a wide range of genres. For whatever it is they’re publishing though, they have three over-arching principles:

  • To meet the needs of readers and to build new audiences.
  • To have the highest design and production standards for product in all media.
  • To support the best new writing (wherever it is found) from the most important writers working today.

To further support their commitment to developing new authors, Salt also operates a number of important literary prizes: The Crashaw Prize for Debut Collections of PoetryThe Scott Prize for Debut Collections of Short Stories and The Salt Prizes for individual short stories, flash fiction and poems.

‘Some Bright Elegance’ by Kayo Chingonyi is a book of poetry about the changes that are a part of life in the 21st Century.

Some Bright Elegance by Kayo ChingonyiThe book explores these changes in relation to the search for meaning and consolation in the wake of bereavement, the memorial role of music, and the effects of social change on local communities. The website tells us more…

“Chingonyi’s debut offering presents an achingly tangible vision of a world of bass and deified beats and backstreet pizzerias and so much more, shuttling from Borges and Cildo Meireles to Bojangles and manga/anime, all rendered through an effortlessly self-assured voice. More than a title, ‘Some Bright Elegance’ is a statement of intent, a promise that Chingonyi delivers on”

To read more reviews of the book and view a sample of the poems, head over to the Salt website. You can also buy it from there for the DISCOUNTED PRICE of £5.20.

[Day 10 of the Poetry Advent Calendar is ‘Initiation’ by Katy Ewing.]

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