Kate Tempest: Storming the Castle
Listen to this lively discussion between Kate Tempest – one of the most exciting new voices emerging from Britain today – and host Maxine Beneba Clarke. Musician, rapper, playwright, performance poet, novelist; it’s hard to know which title comes first when referring to Tempest.
In 2013, Tempest won the prestigious Ted Hughes Award for her epic poem, Brand New Ancient. In 2014, her debut album Everybody Down was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Her debut novel is The Bricks that Built the Houses. Each chapter of the book relates to a track from Everybody Down, and takes us into the homes of ordinary Londoners, revealing their motivations, failures and hopes. Tempest’s subject – rich with history, community and character – is South London, the place she grew up.
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, the Age, Meanjin, the Saturday Paper and the Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015.
Poet, rapper, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest’s epic poem Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013. The following year she was named by the Poetry Society as a Next Generation Poet. In the same week her debut solo album, Everybody Down, a narrative-driven hip hop record, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2014. Her most recent poetry collection is the acclaimed Hold Your Own. The Bricks that Built the Houses, which involves the same characters as Everybody Down, is her first novel.