Kate hails from South East London (Brockley), and came to literature in general and poetry in particular through rap (her Facebook fan page lists Wu Tang Clan and Mos Def as influences, among others). So it’s unsurprising that her poetry has a ‘street’ vibe to it. Her flowing rhythms, spitfire delivery, and mythical choruses give voice to a new generation of young, reckless, and dispossessed youth.
Raw and unpretentious, Kate’s poetry is at once a lament and a summons. This balance between self-aware vulnerability and arrogance is what makes Tempest so captivating.