August 19, 2015 at 11:12AM on Facebook

“‘A poem on a page isn’t finished until somebody reads it. It’s just some words on a page. But in a performance, the poem happens the minute it reaches the audience.’

“Tempest insisted that in either field, poetry should be more about the audience than the performer. ‘That’s an opinion that ruffles a lot of feathers because poets have got quite high opinions of themselves in certain circles,’ she said.”

Kate Tempest slams conventional poets’ disdain for performance