Kate Tempest performs a selection of poems from Running Upon the Wires

Kate Tempest performs three poems from her most recent poetry collection, Running Upon the Wires.

05/03/2019
2 minutes to read

Having been heralded as one of the brightest British talents around, here Kate performs three poems from her most recent poetry collection, Running Upon the Wires.

Running Upon The Wires, is in a sense a departure from her previous work. It charts the journey from heartbreak at the end of one relationship, to the joy at the beginning of a new love; but also marks the self-destruction and tumult in between as the heart is pulled both ways at once.

A beautifully varied series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Running Upon the Wires is unashamedly personal, intimate and true to Tempest's unique voice.

In this video, beautiful and authentic in equal measure, Tempest chooses a selection of poems from this new collection, each marking a point within this journey.

Described as a ‘game-changer' and set to confirm Kate's role as one of our most important poetic truth–tellers, Running Upon The Wires is now available, and be sure to experience the audiobook version to hear the poems performed by Kate herself.

Running Upon the Wires

by Kae Tempest

Book cover for 9781509830022

Running Upon The Wires is Kate Tempest’s first book of free-standing poetry since the acclaimed Hold Your Own. In a beautifully varied series of formal poems, spoken songs, fragments, vignettes and ballads, Tempest charts the heartbreak at the end of one relationship and the joy at the beginning of a new love; but also tells us what happens in between, when the heart is pulled both ways at once. Running Upon The Wires is a heartbreaking, moving and joyous book about love, in its endings and in its beginnings.