'Brand New Ancients'
By Kate Tempest
Published by Picador Poetry
RRP £9.99 (paperback)
Reviewed by Lynsey Evans
Brand New Ancients won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for Innovation in Poetry and has been published by Picador Poetry.
Rather than a poetry collection, with lots of individual poems, Brand
New Ancients is an epic poem, that was written to be read aloud – as a
spoken word piece. It’s really interesting to read something that is a
performance piece as the way you read it, isn’t always the way the poet
would deliver it, yet reading the piece makes you really appreciate the
story-telling element. (Check out this YouTube Clip: http://youtu.be/1a8iFSXCHLw!)
Brand New Ancients tells the story of two families and their lives that
Kate originally told over an orchestra’s score. The tales is set in the
city but has myths woven into it – gods are in the betting shops and
cafes! It cleverly shows how myths live on in modern society, in every
day acts whether that be bravery, love or violence. It’s dramatic,
thought-provoking, enchanting and quite marvellous.
Highly recommended for readers of all ages.
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