Kate Tempest is the winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2012 with Brand New Ancients. She started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MCs to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later she is a published playwright, poet and respected recording artist. Her theatre writing credits include Wasted for Paines Plough, Brand New Ancients for the BAC, and Glasshouse for Cardboard Citizens. She has written poetry for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Barnado’s, Channel 4 and the BBC, and worked with Amnesty International to help secondary school children write their own protest songs. Tempest released her debut album Balance in 2011 and has featured on songs with artists including Sinead O’Connor and Damien Dempsey. Her first spoken word release was Broken Herd (2009). Her poetry book/CD/DVD package Everything Speaks in its Own Way (2012) was followed by a new collection of poetry Hold Your Own (Picador, 2014).