Critically acclaimed poet coming to town

Kate Tempest
Kate Tempest

Poet, rapper and playwright Kate Tempest, who is performing at Pocklington Arts Centre next month, has just been nominated for a 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize.

She has been nominated for Album of the Year, with The Guardian describing ‘Everybody Down’ as “a unique, genre-defying affair that showcases its author’s deft storytelling.”

The 28-year-old, who commands a huge and dedicated following on the performance and rap circuit, will be taking to the Arts Centre stage on 21 October.

Her show Brand New Ancients won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and has played to packed concert halls.

Janet Farmer, manager of Pocklington Arts Centre, said: “I saw her perform her last show Brand New Ancients at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds earlier this year and was blown away by her stage presence and level of ability. I am really looking forward to her performance at the venue.”

Tempest writes rhymes, lyrics, poems, prose and plays. She began at 16, rapping in battles across London, and began performing spoken word at the age of 21. She has performed all over the world as well as the major UK and European music festivals, including Glastonbury, where her poetry was included in the televised highlights. Tickets to see Tempest at the Arts Centre cost £14 and £12.50. The show starts at 7.30pm. Call the venue’s box office on 01759 301547 for ticket.