It is not for the story that one reads, nor for the sociopolitical material, which is more crudely drawn. It is for the pinpoint evocation of a milieu, its texture and contours, all delivered with an intensely gathered and focused energy. Sometimes, of course, it helps to imagine Tempest reading – or, indeed, simply to read it aloud yourself. In passages like this, for example, the realisation of her rhythmic control is transformative: “She watched a boy on a bike doing wheelies past a group of four girls sitting on a wall who weren’t looking at him. She watched a man in a suit on a bench by the bus stop, leaning down to offer his sandwich to two fat pigeons, while behind him a homeless man was passed out on the floor, next to a sign saying HUNGRY. PLEASE HELP.” - [The Guardian]

Kate Tempest just released her debut novel, The Bricks That Built the Houses, which is based on the same characters found on her acclaimed 2014 album Everybody Down (its song titles are chapters here) and her theatrical spoken word show Brand New Ancients. Out in the UK now, it will be out May 3 via Bloomsbury. On that day, Kate will be in NYC for a release event at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe where she'll be in conversation with poet Natalie Diaz, with an audience Q&A and signing to follow. Tickets, which include a copy of the book, are on sale now.

The Housing Works event is the first date of Kate's short U.S. book tour. She's got book dates in Australia as well, and will be performing live this summer as well. No North American live performance shows scheduled at the moment but let's hope that changes soon. All dates are listed below

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HOUSING WORKS BOOKSTORE
New York, NY
03 May
Bricks US Novel Tour

ELLIOTT BAY BOOKSELLERS
Seattle, WA.
05 May
Bricks US Novel Tour

POWELL’S BOOKS
Portland, OR.
06 May
Bricks US Novel Tour

LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY
Los Angeles, CA.
10 May
Bricks US Novel Tour

GREEN APPLE BOOKS
San Francisco, CA.
11 May
Bricks US Novel Tour

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ARTS & LETTERS
Dallas, TX.
13 May
Bricks US Novel Tour

SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL, ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE
Sydney
17 May
Bricks Novel Tour : Australia

SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL: THE BOOK THAT SAVED ME, SYDNEY TOWN HALL
Sydney
20 May
Bricks Novel Tour : Australia

SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL: KATE TEMPEST: THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES, PIER 2/3 THE LOFT
Sydney
21 May
Bricks Novel Tour : Australia

KATE TEMPEST IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNELI KNIGHT, BYRON BAY THEATRE
Byron Bay
24 May
Bricks Novel Tour : Australia

KATE TEMPEST STORMING THE CASTLE, THE WHEELER CENTRE
Melbourne
26 May
Bricks Novel Tour : Australia

LIDO
Berlin
31 May
Lesungen 2016

STADTGARTEN
Köln
01 Jun
Lesungen 2016

HÄKKEN
Hamburg
02 Jun
Lesungen 2016

MANNHEIM MAIFIELD DERBY FESTIVAL
Mannheim
03 Jun
Lesungen 2016

BELFAST BOOK FESTIVAL
Belfast
09 Jun
Bricks Novel Tour

THE FESTIVAL OF WRITING & IDEAS
Borris, Co.Carlow, Ireland
11 Jun
Bricks Novel Tour

FULHAM PALACE
London
06 Aug
Caught By The River Thames-Bricks Novel Tour

ICELAND AIRWAVES
Reykjavik
05 Nov
Iceland Airwaves
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