For the final post in our ‘Creative Rebels’ series, we feature three writers whose work continues to test and blur the boundaries between different creative practices. Common to each of them is a belief in the power of words to move people.
Kae Tempest"My writing is how I deal with the insanity and brevity and beauty of life"
London-based Kae Tempest (formerly "Kate") is a writer in the broadest sense. Impossible to categorise, shifting seamlessly between mediums and unbothered by the boundaries between them. She is a poet, musician, playwright and novelist. And none of these.
She’s been named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society, awarded the Ted Hughes Prize for innovation in poetry, nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize, and her debut play was praised as electrifying and ingenious. And… she’s only 35!
But the above would do nothing but embarrass someone whose work has never been anything other than a burning passion. A practise fiercely digging into the meat and guts of life to make sense of the world and her place in it.
Hers is a truly unique voice that displays a true love of words, combined in mesmerising rhyme and galloping rhythm, at the intersection of classics and street slang, to provoke discourse on society, consumerism and the concerns of contemporary youth.
"We all struggle, and that’s the point."
Illustrator Charlie Mackesy’s unique story, ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ is undoubtedly becoming a literary classic. A modern fable that blends hand-written conversations with stunning illustration, provides inspiration and hope in uncertain times,
There is something uniquely powerful and intimately arresting in his simple messages about the value of self-awareness and compassion. It is his belief that the more we talk to each other, and the more truth we speak on how we feel, the more courageous we become.
“Literature speaks to our humanity and hopefully that's what this book is doing, so hopefully it is helping people understand and create empathy about people they aren't necessarily coming into contact with."
The first black woman to win the Man-Booker Prize winner, Bernadine Evaristo, is the author of eight books and a variety of other written essays, short fiction and poetry.
Her beautiful writing style really emphasises her thought-provoking work and it’s focus on telling the stories of black women and African diaspora.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London.
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Here's to the interesting ones!
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But ideas need ideas. Ideas feed on ideas.
Our Creative Rebels series features some of those we turn to for inspiration, in the hope their ideas may be fuel for your 'interesting' too.
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