Hold Your Own

Book in the series

4.28 based on 750 ratings & 102 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 09.10.2014
ISBN: 9781447241218
Number of pages: 128

Synopsis

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's voice looks to be one we will be hearing for some while to come
Guardian
A winning wielder of words. . . The common thread through Tempest's diverse work is her love of words. In mesmerising rhyme and galloping rhythm, her passion for the classics collides with urban street slang, social observation, consumerism and the concerns of contemporary youth
Observer
Kate Tempest proves poetry has a place in pop . . . [Tempest] has made history, transcending the line between poetry and music
Telegraph