We are delighted to welcome award-winning writer Yomi Sode for the release of his much-anticipated poetry collection _Manorism_. Praised by Caleb Azumah Nelson, Jackie Kay, Nikita Gill, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Femi among many more, _Manorism_ is a thrillingly original book which charts the vulnerabilities and rich nuances of Black masculinity in Britain.
In poems exploring family, survival, generational trauma and the complexities of belonging, _Manorism_ examines the lives of Black British men and boys. At the heart of this collection is the ongoing pressure of code-switching - that is, changing one's behaviour and language to suit radically different cultural contexts and environments. The violence of artists such as Caravaggio in seventeenth-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 - adapted for the Almeida stage in June 2021 to glowing reviews from the _Guardian_, _Time Out_ and others - charts the dramatic reconciliations surrounding a death in the family.
Nigerian British writer, Yomi Sode is a recipient of the 2019 Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship and was shortlisted for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021. His acclaimed one-man show _COAT_ toured nationally to sold-out audiences, including at the Brighton Festival, Roundhouse Camden and the Battersea Arts Centre. In 2020 his libretto _Remnants_, written in collaboration with award-winning composer James B. Wilson and performed with Chineke! Orchestra, premiered on BBC Radio 3. In 2021, his play, _and breathe..._ premiered at the Almeida Theatre to rave reviews. Yomi is a Complete Works alumnus and a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen. He is the founder of BoxedIn, First Five, The Daddy Diaries and mentorship programme 12 in 12.