Kae Tempest

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Kae Tempest
Kate Tempest - Haldern Pop Festival 2017-6.jpg
Kae Tempest at Haldern Pop Festival in 2017
Date of birth 22 December 1985
Place of birth Westminster, London, England
Nationality British
Pronouns they/them[1]
Occupation spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist, playwright

Kae Tempest is an English spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright. In 2013, they won the Ted Hughes Award for their work Brand New Ancients.[2] They were named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society,[3] a once-a-decade accolade. Their albums Everybody Down[2] and Let Them Eat Chaos have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.[4] The latter's accompanying poetry book (also titled Let Them Eat Chaos) was nominated for the Costa Book of the Year in the Poetry Category.[5] Their debut novel The Bricks That Built the Houses was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Breakthrough Author. They were nominated as Brit Award for Best Female Solo Performer at the 2018 Brit Awards.[6]

Tempest grew up in Brockley, South East London, one of five children. Tempest worked in a record shop from age 14 to 18. They went to Thomas Tallis School, leaving at 16 to study at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon, going on to graduate in English Literature from Goldsmiths, University of London.[4][2] Tempest first performed when they were 16, at open mic nights at Deal Real, a small hip-hop store in Carnaby Street in London's West End. They went on to support acts such as John Cooper Clarke, Billy Bragg and Benjamin Zephaniah. They toured internationally with their band Sound of Rum until they disbanded in 2012 before being commissioned to write their first play, Wasted.[7]

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  1. @kaetempest (6 August 2020). "Hello old fans, new fans and passers by - I'm changing my name!" – via Twitter.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "'Mercury nominees 2014: Kate Tempest". Guardian Music Blog. London: Guardian Media Group. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. Flood, Alison (11 September 2014). "'Next Generation' of 20 hotly-tipped poets announced by Poetry Book Society". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Kate Tempest - 'Let Them Eat Chaos'". mercuryprize.com. Mercury Prize. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. Cain, Sian (22 November 2016). "Costa book award 2016 shortlists dominated by female writers". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. "British Female Solo Artist Nominees Announced". brits.co.uk. BRIT Awards. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. Mahoney, Elisabeth (27 March 2012). "Wasted – review - Stage - The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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