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Urban poet Kate Tempest to appear on Main Stage at OnBlackheath

15/08/17

South East London’s own Kate Tempest will be coming to OnBlackheath’s Main Stage on the Saturday of the festival.

The Ted Hughes award-winning playwright, author, urban poet, rapper, musician and cultural figurehead hails from Brockley, a short stroll away from Blackheath, so will be coming “home” for the weekend.

Playing the traditional part of the narrator, stealing details from real life, her friends, her own, as well as people she’s never met, Kate takes moments of truth and uses her life up to that point – everyone she’s ever loved or hated, everything she’s ever seen or felt – and gives it an outlet.  “I think every single person in the world needs to have some kind of creative moment just to get those things out,” she says. 

Kate sees herself as being in service to language. “I’m in love with language and literature and music. It’s the most beautiful thing in my life. It’s opened the universe to me and invited me into the world.”