Hi all! Here’s my current CV, in full-on 3rd person professional mode.img_1100

Kirsten Luckins is a poet, performer, and spoken word theatre-maker based on the north-east coast of England. Her creative practise is eclectic, multi-artform and collaborative, with an emphasis on compassion and playfulness.

Kirsten is currently working with film-maker Laura Degnan to deliver an Arts Council England-funded education project, Celebrating Change, centred on digital storytelling. The duo have previously collaborated on film-poems Impermanence, Love Is Waiting To Come Through You, and Imelda Says. The latter two were part of Kirsten’s second theatre show, The Trouble With Compassion, which was accompanied by a poetry collection of the same name with award-winning independent press Burning Eye Books. Kirsten’s first show, The Moon Cannot Be Stolen, wove together 20-year old travel journals with live tabla music, and was nominated for a Saboteur Award for Best Solo Show.

In summer 2019 Kirsten will take up a writer’s residency at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, where she will use archive documents to develop techniques in the blackout, erasure and found poetries that make up part of her online practise. She will also write new works in response to pictures from the Middlesbrough collection. Kirsten’s previous ekphrastic poems have been published in literary magazine Ink, Sweat & Tears, and in critical art journal Corridor 8.

Kirsten has been writer-in-residence at local archive project Hartlepool History Now & Then, and at the Bloodaxe Archives at Newcastle University. The former residency resulted in a series of poems re-telling the experiences of merchant mariners and their families in WW1, which were published in chapbook form by Black Light Engine Room press, and sit as audio poems on the archive website. The latter residency resulted in poems, a performance piece and some text-based visual art in response to ephemera from Bloodaxe Press.

Kirsten’s poems have appeared in print and online in magazines such as Strix, Under The Radar, The Blue Nib, Obsessed With Pipework, The Interpreter’s House and Magma. She has been shortlisted for the York Mix Poetry Prize and the Wenlock International Poetry Prize.

Her current poetry project is Letters To Sophie, a collection-length sequence of epistolary prose-poems investigated grief, friendship, migration and the seasons. She is also working on her first novel, a murder mystery set in Venice, as part of the 2019 cohort of the Writers Block North East development programme.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Kirsten, I wondered if you were local to the Hartlepool area and if you would be interested in visiting a 1 hour after school slam poetry club one time. I would love if you could email me to discuss this further.

    1. Hi, yes I am based in Hartlepool and would be delighted to visit the slam club. My email is imeldasays-at-gmail-dom-com.

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