Kirsten Irving is a British voice actor, copywriter, editor and poet. Born in Louth, Lincolnshire, she studied American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, spending a year at Tulane University, New Orleans in the process. She currently lives and works in Whitechapel, London.
A member of freelance copywriting and editing collective Copy That, K's copywriting work has seen her describing corduroy cats, innovative dating nights and books about birds. Clients include non-profit organisations such as the Young Poets Network and the Poetry Society alongside SMEs like ethical clothing label 30 Days of Victory, chocolate storytellers Chocanory and social startup Thinking Bob. Recently, she has worked for more established brands such as Jellycat and Redegold.
K trained in proofreading with the Publishing Training Centre, and spent five years as a content editor for university-focused publisher Research, before going freelance. She has since proofread work for Literature Across Frontiers and award-winning publisher Myrmidon Press, among other clients.
In 2011, K began training as a voice actor, attending workshops at OMUK and The Showreel, training with JP Orr and Yvonne Morley, among others. She has since recorded a series of audio guides for the Bat Conservation Trust and promotional material for independent publisher Penned in the Margins, as well as volunteering regularly with Talking Newspapers Islington.
One of the founding editors at experimental poetry press Sidekick Books, in her spare time K doubles as both submissions editor and principal spine-sewer for cult hand-made journal Fuselit. She has co-edited six anthologies of poetry, ranging in theme from Japanese monsters to British birds.
K’s own poetry has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including City State: New London Poetry (Penned in the Margins, 2009), Deep River Apartments (Private Press, 2012) and Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012). She regularly performs at poetry events in London and loves writing to commission. In 2011, K won the Live Canon International Poetry Competition and in 2012 she was involved with Poetry Parnassus, part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World. Her work has been translated into Russian and Spanish, made into greetings cards and thrown out of a helicopter. K's first full collection, , was released in 2012 by Salt Publishing, and the audio version can be found here.
Publication credits include the pseudonymous pamphlet No, Robot, No! (Forest Publications, 2010), a solo pamphlet, http://www.happenstancepress.com/index.php/shop/product/25-what-to-do-kirsten-irving/category_pathway-14"What To Do, (Happenstance, 2011) and a full first collection, Never Never Never Come Back, released in 2012 by Salt Publishing.