Everybody Down

Available now – details

Big Dada are pleased to announce the signing of Kate Tempest to the label with her album Everybody Down which is out now. Kate is best known as a poet, perhaps a performance poet or a spoken word artist. She also has a novel coming out next year with Bloomsbury. Everybody Down has twelve ‘chapters’ telling one long, inspired story, a unique, one-off project and comes produced in its entirety by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, M.I.A + Hot Chip). The result is a revelation.

Hopelessly Devoted

Kate’s play Hopelessly Devoted received its world premiere on 19 September 2013 at the DOOR, Birmingham Rep, co-produced by Paines Plough and Birmingham Rep. It toured the UK again in 2014.

For amateur rights, contact becky@foxmason.com.


Wasted was Kate’s first play. It did two extensive nationwide tours, and two sell-out runs at the Roundhouse in London.

You can buy the play text from Bloomsbury.

For amateur rights, contact becky@foxmason.com.

Brand New Ancients

An epic spoken word performance of every day Gods, Brand New Ancients follows two South London families as their respective generations grow and intertwine into a parable of modern life. Highlighting the immortal and very real truths of love and loss, Brand New Ancients is a call to arms for the modern day hero. Set over an exhilarating live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics, that finds the gods of today all around us and reveals that our true heroes are much closer than we think.

Brand New Ancients is a Battersea Arts Centre co-production which has been developed with audiences through the Scratch process.

It won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and a Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Festival.

The text is available from Picador.

Audio available on CD from Amazon, vinyl from Gearbox Records, or download from iTunes.

The Guardian review
New York Times review
Bloomberg interview

Hold Your Own

Hold Your Own is Kate Tempest’s first full-length collection for Picador, it is an ambitious, multi-voiced work based around the mythical figure of Tiresias. This four-part work follows him through his transformations from child, man and woman to blind prophet; through this structure, Tempest holds up a mirror to contemporary life in a direct and provocative way rarely associated with poetry.

Winner of the Ted Hughes Award 2013
The Poetry Society’s Next Generation Poet, a once in a decade accolade.

“A wunderkind rapper [with a] gift for shattering — and transcending — convention and conventional genres, but they also underscore the tensions and contradictions that fuel her dynamic art. While her intense performances on stage add a fierce urgency to the words, these text versions of her work stand powerfully on their own on the page…using her pictorial imagination to sear specific images into the reader’s mind.” Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“What makes her work so irresistible is her method of synthesis; the manner in which she brings her hands together. Her poems aren’t simply routine retellings of timeworn tales; rather, she picks up the fabulous, familiar characters, dusts them down and hauls them into the present…a remarkable, powerful collection…These are acute and insightful poems that lodge in the ear and sear themselves on the vision.” The Guardian

“Tempest collection feels like a game-changer. [She] has forged her own voice, unlike anything else in the mainstream poetry world.” The Independent on Sunday.

Everything Speaks In Its Own Way

Everything Speaks in its Own Way is Kate’s first full-length poetry collection.

It comes with a CD and DVD of the poems in performance.

In 2012, Kate and her long-time friend and collaborator Luke Eastop set up Zingaro, their own publishing imprint. Zingaro is all about creating objects that are a pleasure to own.

“The book is a book of my poems. Some of them were written for speaking, and some of them weren’t. The CD is a recording of a performance at the Battersea Arts Centre, with a couple of field recordings taken from where I’m from. The DVD includes footage from the recording, and some interviews with me down by my favourite bit of the River Thames.”

You can buy it from this website.