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By Kirsty Allison

Cold Lips began as a zine with parties internationally and now makes books and music releases. Founded by writer Kirsty Allison, her debut novel, PSYCHOMACHIA is out now. She is editor of Ambit, est. 1959, and performs as Vagrant Lovers with the musician, filmmaker and partner Cold Lips' co-director Gil De Ray.

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Martyn Goodacre with Kirsty Allison, Cold Lips

COLD LIPSMay 05, 2020

 Jón Sæmundur Auðarson of Dead Skeletons with his paintings at Icelandic Embassy
Jun 04, 202221:03
Martin Green x Kirsty Allison (Cold Lips)

Martin Green x Kirsty Allison (Cold Lips)

Kirsty Allison speaks with legend DJ Martin Green about the 90s.  Without Martin Green, would there be Britpop? His weekly club night Smashing, defined an era in underground culture, and was the coolest club of the 90s.

Jan 28, 202246:52
GOTH SHOP X COLD LIPS with Derek Ridgers
Dec 10, 202001:03:39
Rob Doyle x Kirsty Allison, Berlin

Rob Doyle x Kirsty Allison, Berlin

Recorded September 2020, on a balcony in the east, looking down towards the spree river with Berghain between.  I’m sitting with Rob Doyle, the author of my favourite book so far this year, Threshold.  It's published in the UK and the US by Bloomsbury, so he takes throne as a leader in a new school of digital existentialist modernists, who take a post-millenial ego, and ask questions about the Author’s physical space on the page.

Rob Doyle is very tall, he appears at the door wearing a black polo neck and black pegs, looking total jazznik, because later tonight he’ll be on stage with a strain of the Fat White Family in Neukolln, playing percussion at a reassuringly fun evening, where the super-spreading qualities of the flute can be ignored, as we travel in an alt reality, away from the claws that birthed us all. Ex pat life, where universal globalisms of Me Too, BLM, Terf-wars, squish in the Q-Anon malestrom of denial and manipulations of the maleducated grip for sense and logic mean the novel has not felt as relevant and required in counterculture in my lifetime.

Threshold sits as a hologram, in an era where the individual is manipulated into the spectrum of hashtag identity politics, and good/bad - like/dislike polarisations mean we are the product, smashed beneath a data-driven duvet in a privatised society. 80% predictable, asking if that too is corrupted as any other statistic,the novel remains relatively data-proof, its nuance its strength, the unsearchable, between the lines facts being far truer than any single sentence or status update.

Thanks for listening. I’m making this on Sunday 27 September in Berlin. The music is by Gil De Ray. We’re on a residency in Mitte at the Neurotitan Gallery as guests of the wonderful artist Danielle De Picciotto - whom you can hear a past conversation with in the trenches of all your favourite podcast outlets, via Anchor, Spotify, iTunes, many more, and our own I also share these on, where I gratefully send out thank yous of my new poetry book, Now Is Now, a collection since 007, to paying subscribers.

Rob Doyle's Threshold is out now, and the film This Is Ritual is coming soon. Follow him on

Sep 28, 202001:11:04
Danielle De Picciotto x Kirsty Allison
Sep 03, 202055:44
Mehmet Sander with Kirsty Allison

Mehmet Sander with Kirsty Allison

Kirsty Allison took part in Mehmet Sander's life changing workshop at the Chisenhale Dance Space.  His world-class 'action architecture' defies EVERYTHING in contemporary dance.  Punk, hardcore, radical, revolutionary.

Aug 07, 202001:15:24
Dave Randall with Kirsty Allison

Dave Randall with Kirsty Allison

This interview was recorded in St Giles churchyard in Camberwell, London, 3 July 2020.

Dave Randall is the author of Sound System – The Political Power of Music  (Pluto Press 2017) and guitarist, producer and composer. 

His own critically acclaimed albums released under the name Slovo feature international collaborations with artists including Iceland's Emiliana Torrini, West Africa's Maezah and US jazz legend Max Roach. 

He has contributed to Grammy Award winning albums by Dido and has toured the world performing with UK dance act Faithless, for more click here.

Notably, as part of the 1 Giant Leap project, Dave appeared alongside Baaba Maal, Michael Stipe, the Mahotella Queens, Neneh Cherry and others. Recently he has toured with Sinead O'Connor, and teamed up with Big Dada artist Mike Ladd, clarinet player Carol Robinson and drummer Dirk Rothbrust to create the Paris based improvising quartet 'Sleeping In Vilna'.  He's currently performing live with Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals).

He has also produced music for the feature length documentaries 'Rebuilding Hope' (set in the US and Sudan), 'Witness Bahrain' and 'There Is A Field' (set in the USA and Palestine). He has also composed music for the contemporary dance/juggling company 'Feeding The Fish', the acclaimed Palestinian dance company Al Zaytouna and the Robert Swinston dance company. 

He lives in Brixton, South London.

Dave is in conversation with Cold Lips' editor, Kirsty Allison.

The podcast is edited by Sebastian Bowden.

Jul 11, 202047:27
Martyn Goodacre with Kirsty Allison, Cold Lips

Martyn Goodacre with Kirsty Allison, Cold Lips

Photographer, Martyn Goodacre is perhaps best known for his iconic shots of Kurt Cobain.  But in his first book publication,  WHOS FUCKIN PLANET, limited to 100 editions, with a belly band lino cut by Kirsty Allison (available on, he tells the story of free land before the Criminal Justice Act (1994), and how music led to him squatting the Fire Station on the Old Kent Road, which hosted early gigs for Psychic TV, Jesus & Mary Chain and many more.  

In this meeting in Berlin's Neukölln, following the opening of his exhibition curated by Stephanie Hamer, he and Cold Lips' editor, the writer and performer, Kirsty Allison, catch up on a few more LIFE details.

May 05, 202001:02:16
Mark Reeder with Kirsty Allison
Apr 22, 202001:34:53
Dr John Cooper Clarke with Kirsty Allison
Apr 20, 202054:32
TRICKY with Cold Lips' editor Kirsty Allison
Oct 30, 201936:01