Kae Tempest

Kae Tempest is an English poet, musical artist and playwright from south east London.

Kae’s works include Wasted, Brand New Ancients, Hold Your Own, The Bricks That Built The Houses and Let Them Eat Chaos.

In 2013, they won the Ted Hughes Award for their work Brand New Ancients. Kae was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Society in 2015 and their albums Everybody Down and Let Them Eat Chaos have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Their accompanying poetry book Let Them Eat Chaos was nominated for the Costa Book of the Year in the Poetry Category.

“I think it’s important to play closer attention, to look again, to recognise that you’re part of something much bigger than yourself... I find that extremely comforting. If at any moment your own narratives become too loud, just blink twice and look around and I guarantee you’ll be blown away by what you see. There’s so much life.”

Published in The Guardian, 30 April 2017

Kate Tempest