Photo Credit: Karen McBride

An avant-garde adventurer, I advocate a creative approach to personal development. I believe that we are happiest when we are living authentically – as our true selves.

I help others achieve this through creative projects that involve positive risk-taking, honest reflection and conscious self-expression. 

By embracing our diversity and exploring our quirks and curiosities together, we forge a life of celebration. No-one is truly ‘average’ and normal is a mean illusion. I for one, am never perfectly presented – and never will be – because I am not a finished product.

  • I mentor individuals,
  • I deliver group workshops,
  • I produce burlesque shows,
  • I write.

My previous clients and partners, include BBC television and radio, EMI, The British Library, Dennis Publishing, The Armed Forces and many more…

My Experience:
In addition to various academic and professional accolades in psychology and mental health, I am a positive risk-taker with a history of successful leadership. From haunted castles to latex fashion shows, I have walked many alternative or atypical pathways and found immense inspiration and insight to share. Best of all, each adventure has helped me to create new personal development opportunities for others:


I believe that controversy is the drive behind social evolution. I believe that being curious and provoking open questions is healthy and also the socially responsible thing to do. 

As a ‘provocateur’ I’ve been assigned all sorts of monikers and labels such as ‘maverick’,  ‘rebel’, ‘queen’, ‘Infamous’ ‘fearless leader’ and ‘eccentric’ and I’m sure I’ve been called lesser eloquent things too…

Here are some opinions, hearsay and such.

“We cannot comment on any other of her activities…”
BBC Spokesman to Sun Journalist.

“Absolutely fascinating… possibly one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met in my life.”
Katie Martin, BBC Radio Solent

“..her research, writing and vast knowledge of subject matter, make her an asset to her profession”

Anthony Caulfield, Nightfall Films

 “…she is a committed, diligent writer and sparkling storyteller.”
Karen Gregor, Producer – BBC R4

“Totally Hilarious”
Ben Elton

Marie Claire

“I entered the class as a sceptic and suspected Kirsty was possibly slightly mad…I actually left suspecting Kirsty was in fact a bit of a genius.”
L’oreal Blacklett 

“Breaking New Ground”
Time Out, London

“Living Art”
J Mclean, Founder – EPS Publishing

“Visionary. Her shows are an elegant masquerade of the past and an homage to taste and irony.”
La Repubblica Delle Donne, Italy

“Eccentric, edgy and sensationally witty” 

Portsmouth News 

“The Movers & Shakers of the burlesque world”

“The doyenne of feline femininity – that is the ever-so-charming Kittie. As Britannia, she puts her own twist on the pomp and pageantry of the days of Empire, Her Majesty would be proud.”
Henry Northmore, The List

“Kittie is phenomenal as an outrageous swirling, bustled Boudica”
Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide

“a beautiful opium-addled vision of Britannia”

Portsmouth News

“A true miracle of mother nature….the sexy pinup doesn’t cease to amaze”
De Telegraaf

“academic boffin… no ‘shrink’ing violet”
The Sun

“Marvellous. A visual treat acted out vivaciously”
Tony Roper
“..what a fantastic evening, Kittie made the whole event very special indeed. I was honoured even to be invited. Directing the camera whilst watching her perform was even ten times better again – it felt very voyeuristic. I loved it!”
‘The Real’ Stig, Producer – ITV
“Founder of the resurgent burlesque movement”
The Evening Times
“Kittie is the beating heart of the British burlesque scene. A performer in the classical tradition, Kittie updates the glorious traditions of the British burlesque and makes them her own. Without her, the British burlesque scene would be a much duller, less focused, and much less glamorous place!”
David McComb, Editor – Bizarre Magazine.
“The Star of British Burlesque”
“Burlesque Superstar”
Editor – The List
“Veteran Burlesque Performer”
Talkback Thames – ITV
“London’s Burlesque Queen”
Fortean Times
“Kittie is at the forefront of the international burlesque renaissance”
Editor – The List
“Brit Burlesque Bombshell”
Mayfair Magazine
“Queen of the British Burlesque Scene”
What’s On, London
“For burlesque, you need the Ministry of Burlesque and it’s fearless leader – the fabulous Kittie Klaw”
Time Out
“Ministry of Burlesque is London’s leading school and social networking portal for aspiring burlesque artists”
The Independent

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