Kate Tempest in confirmed at Judge for 2014!!

Legendary spoken word artist and alternative hip hop emcee Kate Tempest is joining the Judging Panel for the 2014 SLAMbassadors UK finals!

2014 judge Kate Tempest

MASSIVELY popular, Kate Tempest 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, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Her work includes Balance, her first album with band Sound of Rum; Everything Speaks in its Own Way her first collection of poems, plus the critically acclaimed plays Wasted, Glasshouse and Hopelessly Devoted.

Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe. It has sold out tours in the UK and New York and is published by Picador.

Her second collection of poetry, Hold Your Own, will be published by Picador on October 2014. Her debut novel, The Bricks That Built The Houses, will be published in the UK, US, France, Holland and Brazil in Spring 2015. Excitingly, each chapter in the novel correlates with a track on her debut solo record Everybody Down, in a ground-breaking cross-genre experience.

Kate has featured on songs with Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, the King Blues, Damien Dempsey and Landslide. She has toured extensively, supporting Billy Bragg on his UK tour, as well as supporting Scroobius Pip, Femi Kuti, Saul Williams and John Cooper Clarke. She is 2 x slam winner at the prestigious Nu-Yorican poetry cafe in New York and has headlined Latitude festival, featured on the BBC’s Glastonbury highlights, Channel 4, BBC Radio 1, 4 and 6, as well as XFM and the Charlie Rose Show in the US.

Open to all 12-18 year olds resident in the UK.