Magnificent Kate Tempest tells audience: 'Forget the hype and nonsense'

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I’ll be honest, dear readers, I expected to hate this performance at Manchester’s Contact theatre as part of the literature festival. There is so much hype and bluster around Tempest, what with a Mercury nomination as well as poetry awards and garlands. Is she a poet, or a rapper, or a “performer” - whatever that is. Is she the greatest thing since the last big thing, or just an overrated south London oik with attitu...

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