kirsten irving
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Kirsten Irving is a poet, editor and voice actor based in London. She co-runs Sidekick Books with Jon Stone, and has edited more than ten anthologies. Her own work has been widely anthologised, published by Happenstance and Salt, and thrown out of a helicopter. She loves crows, robots and crowbots.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • Single Author/Collaborative Books & Pamphlets
  • Competitions, Grants & Awards
  • Exhibitions & Commissions
  • Work in Anthologies
  • Online Magazines
  • Print Magazines
  • Articles & Interviews
  • Sidekick Books Projects (as Editor)
  • Single-Author/Collaborative Books and Pamphlets

    Never Never Never Come Back
    (Salt Publishing, 2012 & 2018)

    What to Do
    (Happenstance, 2011)
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    Dr Fulminare’s Bard Games
    (w. Jon Stone), sold with Fuselit: Tilt
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    No, Robot, No! (w. Jon Stone)
    (Forest Publications, 2010)
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    Competitions, Grants & Awards

    Society of Authors Grant for Work in Progress, awarded September 2019

    ‘Namazu at the Physicist's Funeral’, Commended in the 2018 National Poetry Competition

    ‘Amsterdam, 1901’, joint winner of the 2017 Live Canon International Poetry Competition
    Watch Rebecca Hare perform this poem

    ‘Shogo Says’, winner of the voucher prize in the Troubadour Poetry Competition 2016

    RUN: a Battle Royale Memorial, awarded a Lo & Behold grant from the Poetry School

    ‘Huixtocihuatl, or Salt’, commended in the Charles Causley Poetry Prize 2015

    ‘In the morning the light passes through us’, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2015

    ‘Hazard’, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2013

    ‘Recipe for a Saint’, commended in the 2013 Forward Prizes

    ‘Hissing Cockroach’, winner of the 2011 Live Canon International Poetry Competition

    Exhibitions & Commissions

    ‘The Lincoln Imp's Birthday’, commissioned by BBC/Forward Arts for National Poetry Day 2018

    Headbooks! exhibition @ Poetry Cafe, London (2018)

    ‘Godzilla Fails Destroy King Ghidorah!’ exhibited @ Roulade (2015)

    ‘Excavation’ in Mercy Liverpool Biennial Audio Guide, October 2010

    Work in Anthologies

    The Head That Wears A Crown: Poems about Kings and Queens (The Emma Press, 2018)
    edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

    New Boots & Pantisocracies (Smokestack Press, 2016)
    edited by W.N. Herbert and Andy Jackson
    Read the New Boots & Pantisocracies project online

    There Was a Knock at the Door: 23 modern folk tales for troubling times (The Real Press, 2016)
    edited by Andrew Simms, with a foreword by Philip Pullman

    Mildly Erotic Verse (The Emma Press, 2016)
    edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

    Asterism (Laudanum Publishing, 2016)
    edited by Tiffany Anne Tondut

    Can I Borrow a Feeling? poetry and illustration inspired by The Simpsons (Clinic, 2015)
    edited by Rachael Allen, Sam Buchan-Watts, Sean Roy Parker and Andrew Parkes

    Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015)
    edited by Raving Beauties

    The Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt Publishing, 2014)
    edited by Mark Ford

    The Forward Book of Poetry 2014 (Faber & Faber, 2014)

    Extending Leylines (Jennings Photography, 2014)
    edited by Will Jennings

    Tour de Verse: Poems for the Tour de France (Red Squirrel Press, 2014)
    edited by Andy Jackson
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    The Emma Press Anthology of Fatherhood (The Emma Press, 2014)
    edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Wright

    Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History (Other Countries, 2014)
    edited by Claire Trévien

    Where Rockets Burn Through: contemporary science fiction poems from the UK (Penned in the Margins, 2012)
    edited by Russell Jones

    Binders Full of Women (Handmade binder, 2012)
    edited by Sarah Crewe & Sophie Mayer
    SOLD OUT

    Catechism: poems in support of Pussy Riot (English PEN (hard copy via Lulu), 2012)
    edited by Sarah Crewe & Sophie Mayer

    Deep River Apartments: Poems inspired by David Lynch's Blue Velvet (The Private Press, 2012)
    edited by Ivy Alvarez

    Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012)
    edited by Tom Chivers

    Herbarium (Capsule Press, 2011)
    edited by James Wilkes
    SOLD OUT

    City State: New London Poetry (Penned in the Margins, 2009)
    edited by Tom Chivers

    Online Magazines

    ‘White Dress With Blood’ @ The Poetry Shed
    ‘The old food taster and the stegosaurus’ @ Poetry Spotlight
    ‘We May All Be Killed’ @ Petite Hound Press #30 and @ The Literary Review
    ‘Ten Green Bottles’, ‘Harley Quinn’ and ‘No Fish Are We Now’ @ New Statesman
    ‘Chalk Board, London’ @ New Boots and Pantisocracies 
    ‘There is no hot water in the castle (poem with Rocky Horror heckles)’@ Fake Poems
    Five poems @ Peony Moon
    ‘Three Portraits’ @ Body Literature
    Two poems @ Days of Roses
    Three poems @ Peony Moon
    ‘Hypoversion’ @ Londonist
    ‘Debtors’ @ Mercy Online (12 Angry Zines #7)

    Print Magazines

    ‘Laura’ in Clinic II
    ‘To a Crashed Pilot’ in Rising (April 2011)
    ‘No Matter’ in Stop Sharpening Your Knives 4 (Eggbox Publishing, 2011)
    ‘Sweet Death 500’ in  Polarity (June 2010)
    Two poems in Dwang # (Tangerine Press, 2009)
    ‘Quim is a Nice Word’ in Stop Sharpening Your Knives 3 (Eggbox Publishing, 2009)
    ‘What’s Up?’ in Rising 49 (February 2009)
    Two poems in Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue (October 2008&rpar
    ‘Three reasons to love Teedie Roosevelt’ in Rising 47 (September 2008)
    Three poems in Mimesis 2 (August 2007)
    Two poems in The New Writer 81 (March/April 2007)
    ‘Preservativ’ in Magma (Winter 2005)

    Articles & Interviews

    Interview with Paul Brookes for The Wombwell Rainbow

    ‘Playing a Part: Imposter Syndrome in Literary and Kink Communities’, article for the Writing While Deviant series @ The Rumpus

    Interview with Hannah Sinyard at I Don’t Call Myself a Poet

    'Submission Accomplished; Sending your poetry to a magazine’ – article written for Young Poets Network

    ‘Starting a magazine’– article written for Young Poets Network

    Sidekick Books Projects (as Editor)

    Battalion (Sidekick Books, 2018)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    No, Robot, No! (Sidekick Books, 2018)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Bad Kid Catullus (Sidekick Books, 2017)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Aquanauts (Sidekick Books, 2017)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Birdbook; Saltwater and Shore (Sidekick Books, 2016)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Birdbook; Farmland, Heathland, Mountain & Moorland (Sidekick Books, 2015)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Lives Beyond Us: Poems and Essays on the Film Reality of Animals (Sidekick Books, 2015)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Sebastian Manley

    Coin Opera II: Fulminare’s Revenge (Sidekick Books, 2012)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Birdbook; Freshwater Habitats (Sidekick Books, 2012)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Birdbook; Towns, Parks, Gardens & Woodland (Sidekick Books, 2011)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Korsakoff’s Paper Chain (Sidekick Books, 2010)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Pocket Spellbook (Sidekick Books, 2010)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Obakarama (Sidekick Books, 2009)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone

    Coin Opera (Sidekick Books, 2009)
    edited by Kirsten Irving & Jon Stone
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    Other projects by K

    Never Never Never Come Back
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    What To Do
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    Love Carcass
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    Sidekick Books
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    Headbooks
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    Birdbooks
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    Bibliography
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    Live Performances
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