Fiona Pitt-Kethley

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Fiona Pitt-Kethley is a British poet, novelist, travel writer and journalist. She was born on 21 November 1954. She lived for many years in Hastings, East Sussex, and moved to Spain in 2002 with her husband, former British chess champion James Plaskett and their son, Alexander.[1]

She was educated at Chelsea School of Art and worked evenings as a theatre usherette at the Old Vic and National Theatre. Afterwards she worked as a teacher and film extra but was primarily a full-time writer. Her first major collection of poetry Sky Ray Lolly was published in 1986. Her work is characterised by sexual frankness and humour.

Fiona Pitt-Kethley has also worked as a freelance journalist and has written for The Independent, the The Big Issue and others.


Poetry collections[edit]

  • Sky Ray Lolly (1986)
  • Private Parts (1987)
  • The Perfect Man (1989)
  • Dogs (1993) (Includes two pieces of journalism)
  • Double Act (1996)
  • Memo From a Muse (1997)
  • Selected Poems (2008)


  • The Misfortunes of Nigel (1991)
  • Baker's Dozen (2000)

Travel writing[edit]

  • Journeys to the Underworld (1988)
  • The Pan Principle (1994)
  • Red Light Districts of the World (2000)

Collected journalism[edit]

  • Too Hot to Handle (1992)


  • The Autobiography of Fiona Pitt-Kethley: My Schooling (2000)

Anthologies as editor[edit]

  • Literary Companion to Sex: an Anthology of Prose and Poetry (1994)
  • Literary Companion to Low Life (1995)