Kae Tempest was the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2012 with Brand New Ancients. They started out when they were 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MCs to let them on the mic at raves. Their theatre writing credits include Wasted for Paines Plough, Brand New Ancients for the BAC, and Glasshouse for Cardboard Citizens. They have written poetry for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Barnado’s, Channel 4 and the BBC, and worked with Amnesty International to help secondary school children write their own protest songs.
Tempest released their debut album Balance in 2011 and has featured on songs with artists including Sinead O’Connor and Damien Dempsey. Their first spoken word release was Broken Herd (2009). Their poetry book/CD/DVD package Everything Speaks in its Own Way (2012) was followed by collections Hold Your Own (Picador, 2014), Let Them Eat Chaos (Picador, 2016) and Running Upon The Wires (Picador, 2018)