Kate Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years; her dramatic poem Brand New Ancients won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry. Tempest’s wholly unique blend of street poetry, rap and storytelling – combined with the spellbinding delivery of an open-air revivalist – has won her legions of followers all over the UK. Her remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music.
Brand New Ancients is the tale of two families and their intertwining lives, set against the background of the city and braided with classical myth. Here, Tempest shows how the old myths still live on in our everyday acts of violence, bravery, sacrifice and love – and that our lives make tales no less dramatic and powerful than those of the old gods.
Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance and heard on the album release of the same name, is out today.
From Kate Tempest's first full-length poetry collection Hold Your Own.
Earlier this year Kate Tempest recorded a performance of Brand New Ancients at Strathmore Publishing's recording studio for the audio version of her epic poem. Ginnie Steiner was on hand to take some photographs so you can see what went on behind the scenes...
We love the dedication of Kate Tempest's Brand New Ancients almost as much as the poem iteslf. Read it, and an extract, here
Watch Kate Tempest performing part of Brand New Ancients – prepare to have your mind blown!
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