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On Connection

Kae Tempest



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Faber & Faber
01 December 2020
Beneath the surface we are all connected . . .

This is a meditation on the power of creative connection. Drawing on twenty years' experience as a writer and performer, Kae Tempest explores how and why creativity - however we choose to practise it - can cultivate greater self-awareness and help us establish a deeper relationship to ourselves and the world.

Honest, tender and written with piercing clarity, On Connection is a call to arms that speaks to a universal yet intimate truth.
By:   Kae Tempest
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 111mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   178g
ISBN:   9780571354023
ISBN 10:   0571354025
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   01 December 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kate Tempest is an award-winning, Sunday Times-bestselling author, poet and recording artist. She won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award, was nominated for a Costa Book Award and a BRIT Award, and has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize twice. She was also named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society, a decennial accolade. She released her fourth studio album, The Book of Traps and Lessons, in 2019, produced by Rick Rubin. Tempest grew up in South-East London, where she still lives today. @katetempest

Reviews for On Connection

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS WORKS BY KATE TEMPEST Tempest . . . doesn't just leap off the page, but leaps into your throat and demands to be shouted all the way out. -- Marlon James Powerful and merciful. -- Ali Smith Tempest has an ability to write about big, metaphysical subjects in the most vernacular language. -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times on HOLD YOUR OWN and BRAND NEW ANCIENTS One of the brightest British talents around. Her spoken-word performances have the metre and craft of traditional poetry, the kinetic agitation of hip-hop and the intimacy of a whispered heart-to-heart . . . drawing on ancient mythology and sermonic cadence to tell stories of the everyday. -- Guardian [The Bricks that Built the Houses] marks the arrival of a significant new voice . . . deeply affecting: cinematic in scope; touching in its emphatic humanity . . . Tempest's voice--by turns raging and tender--never falters. By the time the novel reaches its cleareyed climax, cleverly undercutting its own promised happy ending, the reader is left with the impression of a work that hums with human life. --The New York Times Book Review, Editors Choice Tempest has a knack for the devastating throwaway line--a skill-honed, no doubt, from years of rapping and spoken-word performances. Her work is rich with underlinable lines . . . Captivating. --The New Yorker on THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES Blake, Shakespeare, Eliot, the Wu-Tang Clan: when an artist's outlook on boundaries is so dizzyingly open, you long to know what happens next. --Guardian on THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES A novel that perfectly captures the modern trials and tribulations of youth and urban life in London. --BuzzFeed on THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES [Tempest is] a Zadie Smith if Smith were in her 20s again . . . An artistic prodigy . . . [Her] captivating The Bricks That Built the Houses is rich in detail, clever in plot and filled with characters who live on the edge but never quite give up. --Shelf Awareness on THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES Thrillingly good . . . Ms. Tempest stitches together words with such animate grace that language acquires an almost tactile quality, and the drama she unfolds . . . soars to operatic dimensions. . . . [An] hypnotically persuasive vision. --Charles Isherwood, New York Times on BRAND NEW ANCIENTS This feels a lot like Patti Smith here, in massive wordplay. The sorrows, loss, and rage are the same; and you have to admire the inner beauty coming to surface in serious ways; and more than that, applaud a young artist on a marvelous occasion for driving a dream to the fullest extent just for the flight of it. --Washington Review of Books on LET THEM EAT CHAOS [In] This slim, eloquent work composed during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.... their prose remains elegant and well-turned. This thoughtful meditation will resonate with anyone looking for new ways to engage with their creativity. -- Publishers Weekly With its emphasis on empathy and the importance of being present, this slender book, which will appeal mostly to readers with an interest in mindfulness, is a welcome tonic to the fractured dissonance of modern life. A lyrical, tender linguistic balm. -- Kirkus On Connection is soul work, deeply felt and beautifully wrought. The truth-speaker Kae Tempest takes to non-fiction with grace, musicality and innate essayistic skill. The book glows with their trademark honesty and questing integrity. On Connection is medicine for these wounded times. -- Max Porter, Author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers The powerful On Connection came to me when I needed it most, and reminded me that the links we have to places, people, words, ourselves, are what keep us alive. -- Candice Carty-Williams, Author of Queenie A precious small book with a huge punch right at the heart of the problems of today. -- Cosey Fanni Tutti

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