Kirsty Allison portrait, low res

Photo credit: Carl Fox

Kirsty Allison’s debut novel, Psychomachia will be published by Wrecking Ball Press  in October.

First writing professionally as a teenager, she is the author of hand-stitched poetry books, 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. 

She is editor and publisher of Cold Lips, with related parties internationally, and arts editor on DJ Mag.

Recognised as a 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 is currently recording her work with the music by Gil De Ray: Kirsty Allison + the Vagrant Lovers.

She’s recently guested on Madison Washington’s FACTS album, and forthcoming 52 Card Trick project for Spiritual Wrestlers.

Her art films feature poetry, showing in the Tate, Gallery46, and elsewhere.

She’s worked as a model with Oxfam, a consultant with the UN, supporter 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 donates time to support 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.






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