Poet Kae Tempest says adopting a new name is a “powerful” act


Kae Tempest said it was a “huge relief” to come out as non-binary and that they were “excited about the future.”

The poet, playwright and author, 36, announced in August 2020 that they were changing their first name and using pronouns.

Kae in Old English can refer to the jay bird, symbolizing conformity and courage, and the jackdaw, a bird often associated with death and rebirth, while tempest has its roots in the Latin word for joy.

The Mercury Award-nominated artist, who recently released her fifth album, told the PA news agency adopting a new name could be a “powerful” act.

They said: “Taking on a new name and coming out was a huge relief.

“I feel like I’m on a journey that I’ve been on since the beginning of my life. But I’ll start right away.

“And I’m really happy to be where I am. And I’m looking forward to where it’s going. And I look forward to the future.”

Tempest added, “Names matter. At important moments in our lives, we take on new names. Like when we get married, we have a new name.

“When we reach a religious milestone, we may adopt a new name. When we reach a certain level of professional competence, it may happen that “Doctor” appears in front of your name.

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“Suddenly these requirements are important. In other cultures, as you develop, you adopt new names at different points in your life. So I think it’s strong.

“I was a teenager when I adopted Tempest as my name. (It was) my rap name. It’s crazy because I didn’t intend it to become such a big part of my identity.

“I didn’t really know at the time that Tempest would suddenly grow into this dominant force in my life.”

A person who identifies as non-binary does not define themselves exclusively as male or female‍ and generally prefers she/she pronouns to he or she.

According to Tempest, her new album The Line Is a Curve is about “letting go of shame, fear, isolation and falling into surrender instead” and “embracing the cyclical nature of time, growth and love”.

They published their first nonfiction book, On Connection, in October 2020 as “a meditation on the power of creative connection.”

Tempest won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for her play Brand New Ancients.

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