Kate Tempest at Exeter Poetry Festival on October 3rd 2014

Kate Tempest tours

Friday 3rd October


Venue: Exeter Central Library

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Tickets are now SOLD OUT! For other events at Exeter Poetry Festival, 30th September to 5th October, buy your tickets here.

Critically acclaimed rapper and spoken word artist Kate Tempestcomes to Exeter for one night only performing her poetry and answering questions from the audience.

Her epic narrative poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize and she has just completed a sell out run in the UK and New York. Everybody Down, her debut solo album, came out earlier this year on Big Dada Records, also to vast acclaim. Her first full collection, ‘Hold Your Own’, will be published by Picador on October 9th 2014. Early booking is advised as tickets are selling fast.

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.

Kate Tempest was born in 1985 and grew up in South-East London where she still lives. She started out as a rapper, toured the spoken word circuit for a number of years and began writing for theatre in 2012. Her work includes  Everything Speaks in its Own Way, a collection of poems published on her own imprint Zingaro and the plays Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted for Paines Plough, both published by Methuen. Her epic narrative poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize and is published by Picador. It completed a sell out run in the UK and New York and won a Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. Everybody Down, her debut solo album, came out on Big Dada Records in 2014 to critical acclaim. She is currently touring her album and finishing her debut novel The Bricks that Built the Houses, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2016.


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