Released on 09 October 2014.

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Hold Your Own

4.21 based on 1460 ratings & 178 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

Hold Your Own, Kate Tempest's first full-length collection for Picador is an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias. This four-part work follows him through his transformations from child, man and woman to blind prophet; through this structure, Tempest holds up a mirror to contemporary life in a direct and provocative way rarely associated with poetry.

A vastly popular and accomplished performance poet, Tempest commands a huge and dedicated following on the performance and rap circuit. Brand New Ancients, also available from Picador, won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and has played to packed concert halls on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the media

Tempest collection feels like a game-changer. Tempest has forged her own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world
Independent on Sunday
Her reworking of the Tiresias myth has all of the form's virtues . . . a powerful immediacy
Belfast Telegraph
Hold Your Own sees her stepping into the world of traditional "slim volume verse," publishing a book of poems to be read as well as heard. And she steps in with style . . . The contrast between the wasteground filled with shopping trolleys and used condoms and the miraculous transformation is dramatic and comic and moving . . . Either in person or on the page, she shows she's got sharp, important things to say and the poetic skills to say them
Morning Star