Kirsty Allison had a band with Irvine Welsh and Kris Needs when she was barely 20, first getting published on magazines as a teenager, and presenting on late night TV, and working on pirate radio (at 14). She has awards for copywriting, indie film and BBC radio documentary.  In 2014 Red Gallery published Making Something Out Of Nothing, the manifesto she compiled on gentrification policies killing arts’ scenes.  2000 editions were given away at the party.  She now lives in Peckham, edits arts on DJ Mag, and publishes her own zine: Cold Lips, the result of the Sylvia Plath Fan Club spoken word night she founded above a strip joint in 2015. She has a band with Dave Barbarossa, drummer for Adam Ant & Bow Wow Wow – and is currently recording much of the spoken word which she performs internationally with an assortment of producers.  She makes clothes for A-listers, and her art has been in the Tate and Oscar Niemeyer. Her journalism is published by Vogue, The Guardian, Dazed, & beyond; short fiction is also published widely, Ambit to 3:AM. Unedited, her first poetry collection was handsewn, limited to around 100 copies, and got on billboards around London.



You can support Cold Lips and other adventures here.

“Kirsty Allison combines the cerebral with the carnival…” The Sunday Times’ Style Magazine


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