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On Connection

Kae Tempest

Staggering talent Kae Tempest’s first work of non-fiction: a meditation on the power of creative connection

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Beneath the surface we are all connected . . .

‘An authentically soothing, powerful, thought-provoker.’

On Connection is medicine for these wounded times.’

On Connection came to me when I needed it most, and reminded me that the links we have to places, people, words, ourselves, are what keep us alive.’

This is a book about connection. About how immersing ourselves in creativity can help us cultivate greater self-awareness and bring us closer to each other.

Drawing on two decades of experience as a writer and performer, Kae Tempest champions the role of creativity — in whatever form we choose to practice it — as an act of love, helping us establish a deeper relationship to our true selves, and to others and the world we live in.

Honest, hopeful and written with piercing clarity, On Connection is an inspiring personal meditation that will transform the way you see the world.

‘Persuasive and profound.’ OBSERVER
‘Tempest’s prose is crisp and thoughtful.’ NEW STATESMAN

Critic Reviews

[I] devoured this ... It is my sort of book. Musings on creativity and connection threaded with autobiographical edge and Jung and William Blake and others. An authentically soothing, powerful, thought provoker.

Matt Haig
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Beautiful ... On Connection is soul work, deeply felt and beautifully wrought. The truth-speaker Kae Tempest takes to non-fiction with grace, musicality and innate essayistic skill. The book glows with their trademark honesty and questing integrity. On Connection is medicine for these wounded times.

Max Porter
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The powerful On Connection came to me when I needed it most, and reminded me that the links we have to places, people, words, ourselves, are what keep us alive.

Candice Carty-Williams
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A precious small book with a huge punch right at the heart of the problems of today.

Cosey Fanni Tutti
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[Tempest] writes so brilliantly about other people.

Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music
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A powerful and digestible essay on the power of creativity and connection . . . everyone should read this right now, especially makers & creators looking for hope in 2020’s existential burn.

Gemma Cairney

Kae Tempest is a poet. They are also a writer, a lyricist, a performer and a recording artist. They have published plays, poems, a novel, a book length non-fiction essay (On Connection, published by Faber & Faber in 2020), released albums and toured extensively, selling out shows from Reykjavik to Rio de Janeiro. They received Mercury Music Prize nominations for…

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