About

 ‘the scruffy literary mag’ Le Cool London

‘Cold Lips is artistic & fabulous’ Doctor John Cooper Clarke

‘proving literary folk are the coolest folk’ Time Out

Cold Lips began as the magazine founded by Kirsty Allison as an extension to the Sylvia Plath Fan Club nights she hosted, exploring poetry and lyric 2015>2017. (Readers included Ray Gange, Dave Barbarossa, Lisa Moorish, Gail Porter, Nina Antonia, Murray Lachlan Young, Kelli Ali, CWNN, Gil De Ray, and many virgin names that have gone on to rule the scene).

Five limited editions have sold out, featuring Doug Hart, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Billy Childish, New River Press, Judy Nylon, Sue Webster, and many more. Art directors include Tomato, Jason McGlade and currently Personality Crisis.

A recent special edition, is a fanzine by Kris Needs on Marianne Faithfull, who first interviewed her in 1979.  It features a cover commission by Sam Jackson, and exclusive interviews with Warren Ellis and Rob Ellis.

Cold Lips debut book is the Dark Entries novella by Richard Cabut (formerly Richard North on NME) with photographs by Millie Radakovic.

The second book on COLD LIPS PRESS is an autobiographical story of land by photographer, Martyn Goodacre.  WHOS FUCKIN PLANET is a limited edition of 100 with a hand-made belly band.

Cold Lips Records release the second album by associate editor, Gil De Ray: In The Shadow Of The Drone as a cassette tape and book of propaganda.  You can order here, or find him on Bandcamp, who kindly featured the album as a  ‘new and notable’ feature calling it: “Dreamy, dubbed-out UK psych-rock that mixes aesthetics from across the decades for something strikingly contemporary”.
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Here is a summary of the sold out magazines.  We published 500 editions of each, and 2000 of the Doug Hart:

THE FIRST EDITION 👇 art directed by El Kedge from Tomato > design by Ed Rivers & Laurence Dorrington > photography by Jason McGlade

SUE WEBSTER | LOLA COCA | ANNE MCCLOY | MARK JONES | DANIELLE DE PICCIOTTO | CAROLINA MIZRAHI | NINA ZIVANCEVIC | GIL DE RAY | GLASS | JOSEPH COWARD| TONY WHITE | JOHNY BROWN + INGA TILLERE | PALLAS CITROEN | MUNROE BERGDORF | HELEN WOOLFENDEN | NINA ANTONIA | MARTIN KINGDOM | LISA MOORISH | LEE SCRATCH PERRY

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SECOND EDITION

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Second edition:  Art director, Jason McGlade.  Design: Anne-Cathrin Saure.

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Third edition: Art direction: El Kedge from Tomato. Design: Ed Rivers – COVER STAR: DOUGLAS HART.  SPECIAL EDITION FOR NYC SECRETS OF THE DEEP FILM FESTIVAL + LONDON FASHION WEEK: NOKI X COLD LIPS X OLLYSTUDIO X SUBCULTURE ARCHIVES

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Fourth edition: Art direction: Personality Crisis.

Limited fifth edition: Kirsty Allison

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Submit an enquiry below, or reach directly at studio@coldlips.co.uk

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