Faber scoops Kae Tempest's debut non-fiction

Faber scoops Kae Tempest's debut non-fiction

Faber is to publish writer and performer Kae Tempest's first work of non-fiction this autumn. 

Editorial director Alexa von Hirschberg purchased world languages rights for On Connection from Becky Thomas at Johnson and Alcock. French rights have been pre-empted by Editions de L'Olivier and German rights pre-empted by Suhrkamp Verlag.

The book is described in the synopsis as "a meditation on the power of creative connection. Drawing on 20 years’ experience as a writer and performer, Kae Tempest — who recently announced their non-binary identity and a name change — explores how and why creativity, however we choose to practise it, can cultivate greater self-awareness and help us establish a deeper relationship between ourselves and the world."

Tempest works as an author, poet and recording artist, and has won awards including the 2013 Ted Hughes Award, and the decennial title of Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society. They were also nominated for a Brit award, two Ivor Novello Awards and shortlisted for the Mercury Prize twice. 

According to Nielsen BookScan, they have sold 92,454 books for £849,579, with poetry collection Hold Your Own ​(Picador) their bestseller on 24,906 copies sold.

Faber will publish On Connection on 1st October in the UK and 10th November in the US, in hardback, e-book and audiobook, ready by the author.