We are hugely grateful to award-winning spoken-word poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright, Kate Tempest, for the third theme of our Look Loves Poems Challenge, Acceptance.

Kate reads The Guest House by Rumi.

‘The Guest House’ By Rumi. Read by Kate Tempest.

In these crazy times, the notion and practice of acceptance is certainly helping many of us keep calm and carry on. However, many of the challenges faced by our VI community have been highlighted as a result of Covid-19 and here at Look we believe that whilst we must accept the things we cannot change, we must also have the courage to change the things that we can (and of course, the wisdom to know the difference).

The inimitable Tempest has been performing poetry since the age of 16. Originally classifying herself as a rap artist she gained equal recognition for her work at poetry slams. Her genre-defying talents take her from page to stage; in 2013, she won the Ted Hughes Award for her work ‘Brand New Ancients.’ She was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society, an accolade that only comes around once every decade, and her albums ‘Everybody Down’ and ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. An accompanying poetry book to the ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ album was nominated for the Costa Book of the Year in the Poetry Category. Her debut novel ‘The Bricks That Built the Houses’ was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 2017 Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Breakthrough Author. She was nominated as Best Female Solo Performer at the 2018 Brit Awards.

You can order Tempest’s ‘The Bricks That Built The Houses’ by clicking here.

Download her third studio album, ‘The Book of Traps and Lesson’ crafted with Rick Rubin and Dan Carey over the last five years, here.

Head to www.katetempest.co.uk to find out more.

Every Sunday night, we will announce the next theme of our Poetry Challenge on Look’s YouTube Channel, as well as on our social feeds.

We want you to be inspired by that poem and to respond by either sending us a poem that you have written yourself, or one that you simply love, that fits the theme.

Send us your own poems via email to events@look-uk.org or, even better, send us a film of yourselves reading them which we can share on our website, across our social media, and on our YouTube channel.

Find out more about the challenge in our original post, here: https://www.look-uk.org/look-loves-poems/