Kirsty Allison is a rock n roll author who works across mediums. As a teenager in pirate radio, her first art show was on Portobello Road before she was recruited to train in magazines, present on late-night TV, and tour the world with Irvine Welsh, Howard Marks, and others as a DJ.
She’s since shared the stage with Dr John Cooper Clarke, Thurston Moore, members of the Fat White Family and opened the Convenanza Festival with a specially written piece in 2017. After working in film, she began experimenting in poetry films about digital existentialism which played in the Tate Gallery in 2010 and 2012, and has since made backdrops to accompany performances at HKW Berlin, Gallery 46, Pikes Literary, Byline and Curious Arts Festivals.
She is is widely published as a journalist, copywriter, editor, short story writer, and poet in anthologies and various titles: Vogue, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Dazed, NME, Mixmag, Scene, Elle, Marie Claire, Ambit, Illustrated Ape, 3:AM. In 2014 she wrote the Making Something Out Of Nothing book for Red Gallery, in 2016 Luke McLean designed the cover for her debut poetry collection, Unedited, handsewn, and limited. Unedited 02 came in 2018. Now Is Now is available to subscribers of her Substack blog.
After running the Sylvia Plath Fan Club nights from 2015 -2017 which explored lyric and poetry, she performed with Dave Barbarossa, author and drummer for Bow Wow Wow and, Adam Ant, and founded Cold Lips, which began as a spoken word-based zine, with parties, and has since published artisanal books, music, podcasts, and events internationally.
Her band is Vagrant Lovers, with Gil De Ray, which began after she’d chalked up a poem around Nola, and created a film which Gil made music for, which became a full album collaboration. They performed at Gallery 46, Pikes, festivals, HKW Berlin and the Volksbuhne. At a forthcoming residency in Berlin at the Neurotitan Gallery, she will explore the entire album as a series of films.
“She combines the cerebral with the carnival,” The Sunday Times.
PSYCHOMACHIA novel, Wrecking Ball Press – date tba.
NOW IS NOW, poetry since 2007, Cold Lips Press, 2020
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.