The Bricks That Built The Houses

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01Monsters And Slimeballs And Showgirls20160523

Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest reads her debut novel, a tale of desire, ambition and untamed hedonism in London's beating heart.

In today's episode, Harry, Becky and Leon are fleeing London with a suitcase full of cash, leaving behind jealous boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and irate drug dealers. They're leaving because of what happened a year ago, when Becky's and Harry's worlds first collided together...

Written and read by Kate Tempest. Tempest is a poet, rapper, playright and novelist. She was awarded the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013 for her epic narrative poem, Brand New Ancients. The following year, her narrative-led hip hop album, Everybody Down, was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson.

02A World-shrinking Gut-smashing Kiss20160524

Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest reads from her novel, a tale of desire, ambition and hedonism, set in south-east London now.

Today, we meet Pete, one of London's over-qualified twenty-somethings living on dead-end jobs, but wanting more. And then there's Becky, still dreaming of dancing but whose reality is waitressing by day and giving massages in hotels by night. And Harry's still getting by nicely by dealing drugs to the elite of the city, but she can't forget the girl she opened up to in the club to the other night. Soon all three of their worlds will collide together.

Written and read by Mercury Prize-nominated Kate Tempest, who won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson.

03None Of It's Real20160525

Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest reads from her novel, a tale of desire, ambition and hedonism, set among south-east London's millennials today.

Harry and Leon are feeling edgy about a big drug deal as their usual contact is in jail. Meanwhile, Becky's still trying to make it as a dancer, but knows that Pete won't be happy about how she'll have to fund it.

Written and read by Mercury Prize-nominated Kate Tempest, who won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson.

04The Heist20160526

Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest reads from her novel, a tale of desire, ambition and hedonism, set among south-east London's millennials today.

Harry and Leon are on their way to a big drug deal, hoping it'll be one of their last. But their usual contact is in jail, and things don't feel quite right.

Written and read by Mercury Prize-nominated Kate Tempest, who won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson.

05Everybody Down20160527

Award-winning poet and rapper Kate Tempest reads the final part of her novel. Set among the disenfranchised but still dreaming 20-somethings of London now, it's a tale of desire, drugs and ambition.

Today: threats and revelations at Pete's surprise party as Harry, Pete and Becky, not to mention her uncles Ron and Rags, are turn up to celebrate.

Written and read by Mercury Prize-nominated Kate Tempest, who won the Ted Hughes Prize for poetry in 2013.

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Julian Wilkinson.