Kirsten Irving

Freelance Copywriter


About me

I'm a London-based writer and voice actor with a finger in many pies, and I love to hear from other creatives across all disciplines. By day, I write copy for everyone from toy company Jellycat to top agencies to speechwriters in Germany. As a voiceover, I currently record the Mosaic Science podcast for the Wellcome Trust and a range of animations for, for clients such as YMCA, the Foundation for Alcohol Research and the British Council. By night (well, sometimes by day as well) I write, commission and publish poetry. My own work has been published by Happenstance and Salt, translated into Russian and Spanish and thrown out of a helicopter over the South Bank. I won the Live Canon international poetry prize in 2011 and a 2014 Saboteur award for best collaboration with Jon Stone. I love new commissions and challenges, so propose something and we can go from there. Since 2009, I have also co-run Sidekick Books, an award-winning collaborative poetry publisher seeking to take poetry beyond a narrow audience in a Trojan horse of film, video games and animals. Think poetry doesn't speak to your interests? We're keen to prove you wrong. Finally, I volunteer with Ministry of Stories, Talking News Islington and the writers' collective 26, as a mentor, voiceover and writer/editor, respectively. Volunteering is the very best.


  • Editing
  • Blogs
  • Voiceover Artist
  • Poetry
  • Proofreading
  • Indesign
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Professional Writing
  • Publisher
  • Copywriting and Speech Writing
  • Voice Acting
  • Social and New Media
  • Content and Media Writing
  • Copywiting
  • Proofreader

Work history


Freelance Copywriter

Copy That

Mar 2012
  • I'm a London-based copywriter, producing content for everyone from toy company Jellycat to top agencies to speechwriters in Germany. My clients include London-based creative agencies Razorfish and four23, publishers Faber & Faber and Myrmidon Press, SMEs Jellycat and NOER Organics Atelier, and charities such as the Poetry Society and Literature Across Frontiers. I've written journalistic articles for Maker World magazine, translated speeches from German to English and created sharp blurbs for individual authors. If it needs to read well, ask me to write it.


Funding Content Editor

Research Research Ltd

Aug 2007 - Dec 2011
  • As a senior member of Research Ltd's Funding Team, I researched, edited, disseminated and proofed information on pan-European research funding opportunities for publications including Research Europe, Research Fortnight and Onderzoek Nederland. I know my FP7 from my Horizon 2020



American Literature with Creative Writing

University of East Anglia

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015
  • I studied a four-year course at UEA, which included a year abroad, spent at Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. This allowed me to experience a different academic culture, and I took a range of courses, including a postgraduate module and a semester teaching poetry to local adults with literacy problems.



Winner (with Jon Stone), Saboteur Award for Best Collaboration

  • Riotous, a collection of sonnets written by myself and Jon Stone, and illustrated by Cliff Hammett, won the above Saboteur Award.


Winner, Live Canon International Poetry Prize

  • My poem, 'Hissing Cockroach', won the above competition, judged by Glyn Maxwell.