Brand New Ancients Paperback – 29 Aug 2013
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breathe[s] new life into old classic forms . . . a long poem about us and the gods that's all high-kicking verve and long-range understanding. I loved its vision, powerful and merciful. (Ali Smith, Books of the Year Observer)
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 (Guardian)
Winner of the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry.See all Product Description
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A Ted Hughes award, Mercury prize shortlist, and all by the time she's twenty-eight. Whither now for our Kate? I can't wait to find out. She's already my hero.
However, be advised - this is a CD in a card sleeve and nothing more. Despite this, Amazon will charge you £2.75 delivery charge because they class it as an audio book when it's not the same size as an audio book. I've spent an entire day arguing with them by email to no avail. It won't taint your experience of the wonderful piece of poetry but you know, it is Amazon...
If you're up for a verse novel that's really good - a lot more demanding than this, but well worth it - try Anthony Burgess's "Byrne". Amazingly skilful and absorbing.
Kate Tempest is an award winning spoken-word artist. She has made a name for herself by evoking emotion with both word and rhythm. I have not yet watched her in person (although I do have tickets for a performance next month!), but I have watched her clips on YouTube and could clearly hear her unmistakable voice in my head as I whispered the words of this book to myself (it is, after all, a poem that was “written to be read aloud”).
I’m a bit of a mythology buff and have often drawn upon mythological themes when writing my own poems. It was, in fact, this shared connection that led a friend to lend me Kate’s book. I really connect with the message Kate conveys at the beginning of her piece; that we mortals are still mythical. The idea that we all possess within us both the makings of a worthy hero and the ugly wickedness of a demon is immediately compelling. “The Gods are in Us,” Kate writes. “We are the Brand New Ancients.”
I read the poem, an epic length of 47 pages, twice over. Once to really enjoy the sound and play of the words, and again to fully engage with the meaning of the text. You could say that the story itself is fairly predictable; unloved children growing up to do bad things, the regrets of an old man, the corruption of talent. Yet perhaps the predictability is the point.Read more ›
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Poor quality; would not play on 3 different players. Tried to return with no joy. Bought from Waterstone's in the end.Published 6 months ago by Patsie
Brand New Ancients is an incredible live performance and a genius wake up call to our culture, there's some genuis storytelling in here but it's a bit, like, not quite right at... Read morePublished 7 months ago by moon smiles
This girl Kate is gonna be a legend. Listen to it and watch on youtube and read along, she is a genius.
Ahead of her time. Read more