kirsten irving

poet, editor & voice actor

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

    ‘From Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni, to Gaius Suetonius Paullinus, on the Occasion of His Invasion’ in Your One Wild and Precious Life (due Sept 2021 from Nosy Crow)

    Online Magazines

    ‘The Ward Masquerade’ and three additional poems @ The Evergreen Review (August 2020)

    ‘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

    Print Magazines

    ‘Kosode no te’ and ‘Daidarabotchi’ in Gramarye, journal of the University of Chichester Centre for Fairytales, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction (Winter 2020)

    ‘Stir-Crazy Sirens: the Lockdown’, (collaboration with Patrick Davidson Roberts) in Magma: the Collaborations Issue (November 2020) Listen to the audio version of the poem

    ‘Practice Spider’ in Poetry London (Spring 2020)

    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

    ‘Belting, Circa The Kuiper Belt’, commissioned by the British Library for A New Divan – a Centenary Celebration of the Poetry of Edwin Morgan


    ‘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)

    Work in Anthologies

    Contributor to Arrival at Elsewhere (Against the Grain Poetry Press, 2020)

    Three poems in Field Notes on Survival (Bad Betty Press, 2020)

    The Head That Wears The 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

    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

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

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

    Articles & Interviews

    ProCopwriters Member Spotlight Interview, (January 2021)

    Review: On Matt Haigh and Roberto Pastore in Poetry Wales (Summer 2020)

    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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