Tempest, Kate

Kate Tempest (born Kate Esther Calvert in London in 1985) is a British poet, playwright, novelist, and recording artist of Jewish descent. She studied at at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and read English Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her work includes poetry collections, albums, long poems, and the plays Wasted (2013), Glasshouse (2014)and Hopelessly Devoted (2014).

She was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her albums Everybody Down (2014) and Let Them Eat Chaos (2016). Tempest also received the Ted Hughes Award and a Herald Angel Award for her work Brand New Ancients (2012). The Poetry Book Society named her a Next Generation poet, and in 2018 she was nominated as Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards. Her best-selling debut novel The Bricks That Built the Houses (2016) won the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Breakthrough Author.

Kate Tempest is one of the many UK-based artists to sign APUK’s (Artists for Palestine UK) pledge to boycott Israel culturally or professionally and has received threats for supporting Palestinian Rights.


—. Wasted. London: Methuen Drama, 2013.

—. Hopelessly Devoted. London: Methuen Drama, 2015.