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Yomi Sode, Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow 2019-20. Supported by Jerwood Arts and Arts Council England. Image Mirren Kessling,

Yomi Sode signs with Penguin Press

15 March 2021

Penguin Press has signed a “thrillingly original” poetry debut on the Nigerian-British diaspora experience by Yomi Ṣode.

We are excited to share that Yomi Ṣode, Nigerian-British poet, playwright and facilitator, and recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, will be publishing Manorism with Penguin Press, in spring 2022.

In poems exploring family, survival, generational trauma and the complexities of belonging, Manorism is an examination of the lives of Black British men and boys.

The publisher explained: “At the heart of the book is the ongoing pressure of code-switching – changing one’s behaviour and language to suit radically different cultural contexts and environments. The violence of artists such as Caravaggio in 17th-century Rome, and modern-day commentary by the likes of David Starkey and Piers Morgan, provide a lens for considering differences of impunity afforded to white and Black people. Snippets of Yoruba interweave with English, and a moving final sequence, part poetry, part play, charts the dramatic reconciliations surrounding a death in the family. The result is a thrillingly original book that charts the vulnerabilities and rich nuances of Black masculinity in Britain.”

Yomi Ṣode is a Nigerian-British poet, playwright, facilitator and recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship. His one-man show “COAT” toured nationally to sold-out audiences. In 2019 his essay “The F Word” was featured in Safe: 20 Ways To Be a Black Man in Britain (Trapeze), and in 2020 his libretto “Remnants”, written in collaboration with award-winning composer James B Wilson and Chineke! Orchestra was lauded by BBC Radio 3 and the Guardian. He is a Complete Works alumni, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and founder and co-host of BoxedIn, a poetry night held at Boxpark Shoreditch.

Ṣode said: “I’m very excited to bring Manorism into the world. It has lived with me, travelled with me, reflected with me and joined me at points of happiness and mourning. It is an honour to know my work will be joining the likes of Terrance Hayes, Caleb Femi and Claudia Rankine. I treasure this collection very much, and I can’t wait for folks to read it.”

Yomi Ṣode

Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships 2019