Winner of the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry.
Kate Tempest is one of the most exciting and innovative performers to have emerged in spoken-word poetry in many years; her dramatic poem "Brand New Ancients" won the prestigious Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry. Tempest's wholly unique blend of street poetry, rap, and storytelling - combined with the spellbinding delivery of an open-air revivalist - has won her legions of followers all over the UK. Her remarkable stage presence is wholly audible in this poem, a spoken story written to be told with live music.
"Brand New Ancients" is the tale of two families and their intertwining lives, set against the background of the city and braided with classical myth. Here, Tempest shows how the old myths still live on in our everyday acts of violence, bravery, sacrifice and love - and that our lives make tales no less dramatic and powerful than those of the old gods .
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The blurb and indeed the cover make much of this poem being "braided with classical myth". Whilst this does form part of the performance, I ultimately felt underwhelmed by how much this was explored.
That point aside however, it's a powerful tale of it's own, especially when performed by the hugely talented author. I will certainly listen to this again (a rarity for me) and will look forward to reading and hearing more from Kate Tempest.
Spoken word for this generation
Listen to this and her album !
Told as it was meant to be told
"An extraordinary experience"
More -- much more -- than a reading or a narration, Kate Tempest has produced, along with her musicians, audio performance art of a kind unique in the annals of audible.
Is it rap? Is it chant? Is it a song? It is epic and so rightly musical and mythic. As the title suggests, this book is Homeric.
We are meant to love Tommy and Glory . . . And I did.
It's been a long time since I have bothered to write a review at audible -- not that I haven't enjoyed most of the volumes in my library. But Brand New Ancients demanded I make my reaction public. It is the single best audio book I have ever heard.
"Amazing new talent"
This girl has something to say and I feel so deeply moved and honored to have the privilege to listen. I will not see the world the same having listened -- that is true art; that is what makes us gods.
"A whole new (he)art"
Must must must listen. True. Piercing. Full. I hope this is the whole new future of heartfelt poetry.
"Amazing. Brilliant, Captivating."
Everything. Kate Tempest has amazing insight into what it is to be alive. For someone as young and as relatively new to poetry as she is, her work is second=to-none.
I was introduced to Kate Tempest through her album "Everybody Down", which is an outstanding piece musical art. I listened to the album in it's entirety 3 or 4 times in a row and it is still on my playlist. Of you have every felt, lost, alone, confused, happy, in love, depressed, or any of the myriad other human emotions, I STRONGLY recommend both the album and this collection of her poetry.
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