Kirsty Allison’s debut novel, Psychomachia will be published later this year by Wrecking Ball Press.
Editor and publisher of Cold Lips, with related parties internationally. In 2015 she was appointed Off The Floor editor on DJMag, looking after films, books and related arts from the electronic community.
Vagrant Lovers – her band, release their debut album, Love is Analogue in 2020. This is a collaboration with Gil De Ray, recorded with Kelli Ali, ex-Sneaker Pimp (Kirsty stars as Grace Rider in Kelli’s forthcoming film, Ghost Driver). Contributions come from Malik Ameer (Def Presse), Danielle De Picciotto, and more to be announced.
Gil and Kirsty started performing at galleries and literary festivals in the UK and Ibiza in 2018, after first collaborating on a film in New Orleans, which premiered in New York, where Gil wrote music for a poem she’d chalked up over the city.
First writing professionally as a teenager, Kirsty is the author of hand-stitched poetry books, the book for Red Gallery: Making Something Out Of Nothing, and is widely published as a journalist, short story writer, and poet, in anthologies and various titles: Vogue, The Guardian, Dazed, Elle, Ambit, Illustrated Ape, 3:AM.
Broadcasting on national television at 19 years-old, and across Europe in her early 20s, she toured in a DJ band with Irvine Welsh and Kris Needs, with a residency at Ibiza’s notorious Manumission Motel.
Recognised as a poet and performer, she’s shared the bill with Dr. John Cooper Clarke, Thurston Moore, Murray Lachlan Young, members of the Fat White Family, and opened Andrew Weatherall’s Convenanza festival in the South of France last year.
Her first band was with Dave Barbarossa, drummer for Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, and muse to Malcolm McLaren who called his sound the ‘burundi beat’ .
She began performing poetry at Salena Godden’s Book Club Boutique in 2012.
Her art films feature poetry, showing in the Tate, Gallery46, and elsewhere. She has awards for film (Tantric Tourists), radio (The Second Summer of Love R2), and copywriting. She is an occasional professor, and communications consultant (with a specialism in Corporate Social Responsibility).
In the past she has modelled for Oxfam, worked as a celeb stylist to bring awareness to Hep C, facilitator of fanzines via CSV for homeless, refugees, addicts, mental health sufferers, the disabled, young people in care and the unemployed. She’s also supported Art Saves Lives as resident poet and presenter on Resonance FM, and supports outsiders, prisoners and ex-prisoners with Stretch.
“She combines the cerebral with the carnival,” The Sunday Times.
“She is at the pulse of London’s literature and spoken word scene” Danielle De Picciotto, Kaput magazine.
“The modern Patti Smith” Johny Brown, The Band of Holy Joy.
“Wordsmith wizardry” Adam J. Harmer, Fat White Family
PSYCHOMACHIA novel, Wrecking Ball Press – date tba.
COLD LIPS 01, 02, 03, 04 and the prototype for 05.
Forward to Mariane Faithfull Icons series by Kris Needs (published by Cold Lips)
Contribution to US edition of SMEAR, ed. Greta Bellamacina, 2020
Contribution to Haunted, Lit Sisters, 2019
THE IDENTITY SPECTRUM – POWER, POLITICS, POETRY and the MOVEMENT OF MINDS, Capa International Education Occasional Publication.
UNEDITED 02, hand-stitched, edition of 17 (photos by Carl Fox)
BLOOD STAR, New River Press Anthology, 2019
20 editions of hand-sewn collection of lyrics to Children of the Burning Sun, 2018
Contribution SMEAR, New River Press 2nd Edition, 2018
Diary contributions: Our History of the 20th Century, ed. Travis Elborough, Michael O’Mara Books, 2017
Contribution NEW RIVER PRESS ANTHOLOGY 2017
UNEDITED hand-sewn poetry edition of around 100, 2016 (artwork by Luke McLean)
Time, LAZY GRAMOPHONE, 2013
Contributions of fiction and poetry: 3:AM, AMBIT, OPIATE, ILLUSTRATED APE, BOOK CLUB BOUTIQUE, FOGGY PLASMA
NON-FICTION – MAKING SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING, Red Gallery, London, 2014
JOURNALISM IS BELOW >>>
Kirsty had her first exhibition of paintings in a show on Portobello Road as a teenager.
See show for recent work.
CONTRIBUTION: Pure Has Nothing To Do With Clean, Paul Sakoilsky, Cedric Christie, Geraldine Swayne, Gavin Turk etc group show, Angus Hughes Gallery, October 2018.
Cameo in Grace Rider, the Kelli Ali feature film and album project:Ghost Driver, completing 2018.
DOUBLEPLAY, collaboration with GIL DE RAY, premiere in NYC, 2018.
LIMINALITY, group show, GALLERY 46, August 2018
2018: POETRY PERFORMANCES: PIKES, IBIZA. 8MM, BERLIN. RUIGOORD, AMSTERDAM. BAR SATURN, NEW ORLEANS. LONDON: NEW GUMS. SHACKLEWELL ARMS. PAPERDRESS VINTAGE. GALLERY 46. UNDERGROUND ENGLAND. SANCTUM HOTEL. LOCK TAVERN. CURIOUS ARTS FESTIVAL. STOKE NEWINGTON LITERARY FESTIVAL.
Various poetry films, 2015-2017.
2017: BERLIN: WHISKY + WORDS. PARIS: VARIOUS. LONDON: BOOKSLAM. FACTORY DE JOIE. WINDMILL, BRIXTON. COLD LIPS II launch, April 22nd: supporting Doctor John Cooper Clarke with Dave Barbarossa (Adam Ant/Bow Wow Wow). DOC N ROLL FESTIVAL HOST. BYLINE FESTIVAL. GRINYGOG FESTIVAL. OUTSIDERS FESTIVAL. Women In Art discussions at Shoreditch House x 3: Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Sharon Kivland, & more
2016: 40 years of Punk Fashion, 100 Club/ Converse with Viv Albertine, Skinny Girl Diet. Doc N Roll Festival, Arthouse N8 with Nina Antonia. Fashion & gender identity with Louie Banks at Shoreditch House. Residency with St Leonards Horses. Cultural Traffic, Colchester Arts Centre. Unedited tour, November, with film: Geoff Nicholson at the Horse Hospital, Outsiders Art Festival, Stoke Newington Music Festival, In Yer Ear. Kulture performance with Daniel Avery remix of Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve, Soho Radio. Band of Holy Joy soundscape collaborations, Resonance FM. DCHA, University of Brighton, Our Machines with Vesna Petresin, panel host. DOC N ROLL FESTIVAL HOST
SLEEVE NOTES, 12×12, group show, ArtFix, Soho, London. 2015.
October 2015, founder of Sylvia Plath Fan Club, anti-literary night. Performers include: Sue Webster (Tim Noble & Sue Webster), Gail Porter, Lisa Moorish, Murray Lachlan Young, Dave Randall, Dave Barbarossa, Rushika Wickramasinghe, Stuart McKenzie, Mat Lloyd, Tim Wells, Emily Harris, Sogul Sol, Nina Antonia & many more.
Host and founder: HEARTS VS MINDS series of discussions exploring tech, creativity and industry, Searcy’s Urban Coterie at M Hotel, Shoreditch.
KISS ME CLEOPATRA: pop film for Kelli Ali, 2013, starring transgender superstar Munroe Bergdorf. Co-ordinated the launch event at W.
MY FAMILY IS A NIGHT OUT ALONG BRANCHES IN A STARLIT GLADE, Tate Britain (curated by Tracey Moberly), Label, 2012
AUTOMATONIKA E-GO E-ROTIKA DEMONIKA, Tate Modern, 2011.
AGENT TAMI FLEW October 2008 – June 2009. KATALOGUE group show. Sao Paulo, Oscar Niemeyer Museum.
Art donations: VOGEU, ArtBattle/Stretch, 2016. Medicins Sans Frontieres: CHANEL FIGHT 2015. TV EYE, Art Saves Lives, 2012. BILLY WAS A DANCER, Muck Rock 2008
SLACK ALICE FILMS: various projects inc. TANTRIC TOURISTS. Co-producer. Awards include: East End Film Festival Best First Feature 2008, Kahuna Burger, Hawaii Film Festival 2009, Best Documentary, Mexico Film Festival, 2009, and other awards at Nevada, Fort Lauderdale and more. Distributed by Independent.