About me

The award-winning poet Kerry Priest works at the interface of sound design and literature to create pieces which uncover hidden aspects of ourselves within internal and external landscapes.

Kerry has had stage work commissioned by The Royal Opera House and the Minack Theatre.

She was named one of Eyewear’s Best New British and Irish Poets 2018. Her poem, ‘Medicine Wheel’, was nominated for the Forward prize and her pamphlet, The Bone Staircase, was published by Live Canon in 2020.


Kerry’s experimental sound pieces have been played on BBC Radio 3.

In a former life, Kerry was a DJ for a seminal LGBTQ clubnight and has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Latitude, Bestival, XOYO, Thekla and many more venues.

Plays and Librettos

Libretto for ‘The Hardest Journey’ (Braithwaite/Priest) for The Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists. This was a site-specific work for St Pancras station performed by Casco Phil and JPYA on 8th March 2022.

Libretto for ‘I Just Wanna Be (In Center Parcs)’  (Priest/Taylor) again for the Royal Opera House, Casco Phil and Jette Parker artists at St Pancras.


“Forces” (Minack Theatre, 2021). A dystopian verse play for children set in a time of climate crisis. Written as part of the Minack’s Emerging Playwright program.


Documentary, ‘DNA Unravelled’ for Soundart Radio


Radio drama, “Robyn Hoode: A New Telling” for Soundart Radio.


Radio work: ‘Rain’  for Stellaria Media on International Women’s Day

On The Trail of Joan Lyneham” a docu-drama commissioned by FIMTEC and broadcast on Resonance FM, Source FM and Soundart Radio.

“Excavation” Collaboration with Alice Armstrong for the Sonic Tag project. Broadcast on Source FM 2020.


“Fingle Gorge” sound installation for Fiesta Del Libro y La Cultura, Medellin, Colombia, 2019.


“The Bells of Canongate” (Radiophrenia 2020). An experimental mockumentary.


“The Assisi Machine” syndicated to 21 countries on the Radia network in August 2018. Radio drama with verse elements and custom-made digital effects on the human voice.

Poetry Publications and Broadcasts


Illustrated poetry pamphlet, title TBC forthcoming with Slate Publishing 2022

The Carpet and the Dream Field’ and ‘Pinecone’ Shearsman 2021

15 Metaphysical Poems’ in Festschrift Peter Lang 2021

Mirror’ sound poem played on BBC Radio 3 Freeness show 17th January 2021

Jack-by-the-Hedge’ and ‘Horse Chestnut’ in Interim: The Journal of Black Mountain College, 2021

Taste the Rainbow’ and ‘Wishing Wells’ in Addiction anthology, Ed. Veronica Aaronson, 2021

Blackthorn’, ‘Nettle Soup’ ‘Prime Cuts’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘The Carpet and the Dream Field’ in Dartmoor Anthology, Slate Publishing 2021

Slice of Life’, ‘Talybont Tryptich’ and ‘Cursory Pastoral’ in Obsessed With Pipework 2021

For the Breakdown Men of the Leamington Spa Vehicle Recovery Office’ on Spilling Cocoa over Martin Amis 2021

Scan’ in Maternal Journal, Pinter and Martin 2021

The Bone Staircase chapbook with Live Canon 2020. Link here.

Five nature poems broadcast in perpetuity on Skylark.FM’s rolling soundscape project 2020

Borders”, “The Lesser Bohemians” and “A Narrow Road” in Poetry Salzburg Review 2020

Debussy Writes Images” and “Nausea” in French Literary Review 2019

Medicine Wheel” in Acumen 92 2018

The Unexpected Side-benefits of a Slow and Premature Death” in Best New British and Irish Poets  Eyewear 2018

Mid-afternoon” and “Learning the Ropes” in Moor Poets IV 2018

St Davids” in The Broadsheet 2017

 

Prose Publications


“Polyphonic Diary” in Maternal Journal 2021

Womb” in Dark Mountain 2020

Womb” in Anything That Can Happen, Emma Press 2019

Various freelance articles for local newspapers and The Voice, 2000-2008.

Sound poetry and Live performances

“Mirror” released on NMC Recordings 2022. commissioned for Plymouth Art Weekender 2020. Broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Freeness Show, 2020.

Two sound poems with loop pedal recorded for Spork Podcast 2020.

“Moth Mother” sound poem with loop pedal for Maternal Journal website 2020.

“The Birth of Liquid” for Mothers Who Make podcast, 2020.

“Bootz and Katz” on Julie Mullen’s Radio show, 2020.

Supporting Jo Bell at The Barrell House, Totnes 2019.

Memoir talk, Life and Death at Spoken Word Stage, Buddhafield 2019.

Headlining Speaky Blinders, Paignton, 2018.

Headlining The Word Cafe at The Cott Inn, Dartington, 2019.

Headlining Outspoken at the Globe Inn, Chagford, several times in 2019.

Together Festival, High Wycombe – headlining spoken word stage, 2018.

Headlining Stanza Extravaganza at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay, 2018.

The Word Cafe at The Cott Inn, Dartington, 2017.

Headline Stanza Extravaganza at the Artizan Cafe in Torquay, 2017

Panel guest on BBC World Service 2009.

 

University Lectureships

 

Lecturer in English for Musicology at von Humboldt University Berlin (2012-13)

Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Eichstaett University, Bavaria (2011-12)

Lecturer in Intercultural Communications MA, University of Littoral Cote d’Opale, France (2010-11)

 

Invited Academic Papers Read

Wild Women of the High Moors: Eco-feminism among the witches of Dartmoor’ Dalai Lama Compassion Research Centre, Oxford (2017)

Transatlantic Conversations: Britain, America, and the Birth of Pop’ Skopje University, Macedonia (2016)

What is Britain?’ European Union Centre, Skopje, Macedonia (2016) hosted by the British Embassy, Republic of Macedonia

‘Modern to Post-modern, Punk to Post-Punk’ Queens’ College, Oxford (2013)

Avant Garde Electronic Music: Webs of significance’ The London College of Fashion (2006)

 

Education

Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2021-22: MA Opera-making and writing

RTYDS: Regional Theatres Young Directors’ Scheme 2022. Exeter Northcott.

Dartington Summer School 2018 and 2019: Polyphonic poetry with Stevie Wishart and Alice Oswald

Edinburgh 2002, MA Linguistics and Anthropology

Charity Work


Founding Committee Member of the Oxford research institute: Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion.


Workshop leader for women’s DJing project at Soundart radio.


Mentor, helping partially-sighted women to work in radio.


Communications Assistant for the Ecological Land Trust.


Contributor to Maternal Journal, a creative journaling project for new mothers.

Prizes


Commendation from the UEA and The National Writing Centre for New Forms of fiction for my digital polyphonic works.

The Don is the Subject and Object of History was longlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2020.

Pamphlet, The Bone Staircase shortlisted in the Cinnamon Press pamphlet competition 2020 and won the Live Canon pamphlet competition.

Medicine Wheel was nominated for the Forward Prize 2019.

Highly commended in the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition for my poem, “Debussy writes Images”.

Shortlisted for the Bridport Prize with two poems, “The unintentional side-benefits of a slow and painful premature death” and “Lines written in intensive care in Croatia”.