kirsten irving, poet & editor

Kirsten Irving is a Lincolnshire-born, London-based poet and voiceover, and one half of the team behind collaborative press Sidekick Books. Her work has been published by Salt and Happenstance, widely anthologised and thrown out of a helicopter. She has won the Live Canon International Poetry Prize, judged competitions, and taught courses on folklore in poetry. Her second full collection, Hot Cockalorum, is out in September 2022 from Guillemot Press. Kirsten works in a library, writes about toys, and is planning her woodland burial.

Live Performances

SOLO PERFORMANCES

‘Libra’, fiction reading at Virtual Futures: Autonomous Agents (March 2019)

‘To Wake’, a tribute to Nurmuhemmet Yasin, for the English PEN Modern Literature Festival (2 April 2016)

Solo set at Maintenant, part of the Poetry Parnassus festival at the Southbank Centre (30 June 2012)

COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCES

(with huge thanks to SJ Fowler for his videographical confabulations)

‘Dinner in the Iguanadon’, written and performed with Han Smith for the Torriano Camarade (July 2019)

‘Robots’, written and performed with JT Welsch for the Enemies NxNE project (York Waterstones, August 2018)

‘The Lone Survivor’s Rough Guide to Planet Earth”, written and performed with Harry Man for The Enemies Project (July 2015)

‘Julien Blanc's Weak Sword’, written and performed with Harry Man for the Interrobang Book Fair (November 2014)

’Tyra and the Pillow Chase’, written and performed with Harry Man for Auld Enemies (Rich Mix Arts Centre, July 2014)

‘Two Boys’, written for Reel Iraq (March 2013)

‘Notes to a Nemesis’, written and performed with Ryan Van Winkle for Camarade IV (February 2013)

Solo set at Maintenant, part of the Poetry Parnassus festival at the Southbank Centre (June 2012)

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Other projects by K

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Love Carcass
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Never Never Never Come Back
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What To Do
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