‘How to Euthanise a Cactus’ is an important second collection from one of East Africa’s most talented poets. Stephen Derwent Partington combines political engagement with highly crafted writing, inviting readers to glimpse the heady mixture of beauty and violence, humanity and danger that characterises a nation and a region of the brink of both catastrophe and hope’. The book is distributed in Kenya by Kwani?, but published by the UK’s prizewinning Cinnamon Press.

You can read an independent review of the book by Keguro Macharia here

How to Euthanise a Cactus can be purchased at special rates (800/-) directly from the reputable Kwani? Trust, using MPesa.  All prices are substantially below the UK cover price.  Visit the new Kwani? website at or phone Kwani? on 020 4441801.  It is also available in all bookshops.

Readings of poems from How to Euthanise a Cactus have appeared on the BBC’s leading world arts programme, The Strand, where Stephen’s book was chosen by Mukoma wa Ngugi as one of four books that best represent Kenyan identity now.  The podcast can be downloaded at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p0091k92 – the reading appears at 22.50 minutes.

Stephen’s light blog (‘A corrective’, as he terms it, for ‘Western readers of Kenya’) appears at Inpress, the online bookshop of the UK’s Arts Council.  https://www.inpressbooks.co.uk/stephen_derwent_partington_f06142.aspx

Stephen is also the weekly author of the light, satirical poem in The East African newpaper, and a defender of the new Kenyan poetry.  An eccentric essay on this poetry appears online at the Kwani? website.