Kerry Priest is a poet, sound artist and playwright. She was named one of Eyewear’s Best New British And Irish Poets 2018, while her poem, ‘Medicine Wheel’, was nominated for the Forward Prize 2019. Her pamphlet, The Bone Staircase, was published by Live Canon in 2020 and her sound poem ‘Mirror’ was played on BBC Radio 3 in 2021.
Kerry has also worked as a DJ/Producer. Her sound pieces have been played on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Introducing and reviewed in DJ and Computer Music magazines. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Latitude, Bestival, XOYO, Thekla etc. She was a founding member of the legendary London club night, Twat Boutique and also a resident at Itchy Feet, Hodgepodge and Disco Mutante. Her musical output currently focuses on experimentations with the spoken word and voice, notably Polyphony and Opera.
‘Mirror’ sound poem played on BBC Radio 3 Freeness show 17th January 2021
‘The Carpet and the Dream Field’ and ‘Pinecone’ forthcoming with Shearsman 2021
‘Taste the Rainbow’ and ‘Wishing Wells’ forthcoming with Addiction anthology 2021
The Bone Staircase chapbook with Live Canon 2020. Buy it here.
“Borders”, “The Lesser Bohemians” and “A Narrow Road” in Poetry Salzburg Review (2020)
“Womb” in Future Poems, Emma Press (2019)
“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” in Moor Poets IV (2018)
“Learning the Ropes” in Moor Poets IV (2018)
“St Davids” in The Broadsheet (2017)
“Womb” in Dark Mountain (2020)
“Womb” in Anything That Can Happen, Emma Press (2019)
“Polyphonic Diary” in Maternal Journal
Various articles as in-house writer for local newspapers and The Voice, 2000-2008.
Dramas and Audio Dramas Commissioned/Performed
“Forces” (Minack Theatre, 2020). A dystopian play set in a time of climate crisis.
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 and Soundart Radio 2020.
“Fingle Gorge” sound installation for Fiesta Del Libro y La Cultura, Medellin, Colombia, 2019.
“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.
“The Bells of Canongate” (Radiophrenia 2020). An experimental mockumentary.
Notable Spoken Word Appearances
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.
“Mirrors” commissioned for Plymouth Art Weekender 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 (headline set).
Panel guest on BBC World Service 2009.
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 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)
Edinburgh 2002, MA (Hons) Linguistics and Social Anthropology
Founding Committee Member of the Oxford research institute: Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion
The Don is the Subject and Object of History was longlisted in the National Poetry Competition 2020.
My pamphlet, The Bone Staircase was 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 this year’s Bridport Prize with two poems, “The unintentional side-benefits of a slow and painful premature death” and “Lines written in intensive care in Croatia”.