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In light of current events – all live gigs, tours and face to face work have been cancelled/indefinitely postponed.

I have not removed the listings on the events page – I want them to stand as a testament to the organisers, actors, venues and creatives who put in such hard work and are now faced with hardship and uncertainty.

We’re not okay until we’re all okay – keep fighting until everyone is safe and financially secure. In these times disabled people are more at risk than ever before – we need you as our allies. I will be yours.

I’m leaving a light on so that we will come back x

I am a disabled activist, writer, poet, spoken word artist, theatre-maker and creative practitioner based in Darlington in North-East England – I do stuff with words.

This page is a brief overview of some of the things I get up to. You can read more about all the different strands to my practice by clicking on the menus above.

Image shows Lisette in a purple t-shirt which reads disability is not a bad word, holding her walking stick with her eyes and mouth wide open.
photo description: Lisette in a purple t-shirt which reads ‘disability is not a bad word’, holding her purple walking stick with her eyes and mouth wide open. photo credit: Laura Tindall at PaperBoat Photography

This is what my awesome wordsmith and spoken word artist friend Sarah Crutwell has to say about me, and I rather like it, and her, a very big lot:

She’s the sista

Who cracks open disability labels, wide smile and huge heart,

Stomps boots on stage, talking about the years she spent

Overlooked in wheelchair.


I am proud to be represented by the fabulous Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency.

photo description: A smiling headshot of me with The Bent Agency in capital letters above my head, Agent: Molly Ker Hawn, below.
photo description: A smiling headshot of me with The Bent Agency above my head, Agent: Molly Ker Hawn, below.

Luxi ltd. commissioned me, with support from Arts Council England’s emergency recovery package, to write an article about access as kindness. It focuses on how online meetings leave a huge part of the population behind, and are inaccessible for numerous reasons, is a provocation to do better, and how we can begin to do so. Please read, think, do.

You can read ‘The Inaccessibility of the Future (or, What To Do When You Just Can’t Zoom) here.


12 squares containing in each a photo of the 12 mentees, I am one of them. The Penguin logo and the words Write Now are mid left hand side.
photo description: 12 squares containing in each a photo of the 12 mentees, I am one of them. The Penguin logo and the words Write Now are mid right hand side.

I’ve been chosen as a Penguin RHUK WriteNow Mentee, one of ten out of 1700 applicants. This is to work on my middle grade novel, THE WRECKLINGS, which features a strong female disabled protagonist and is set in a lighthouse on the rugged North East coast where I grew up (there are also mermaids and a captain with a kitten in his beard).


Publishing in September 2020, I was overwhelmed to be asked to contribute to Puffin’s 80th birthday anthology alongside loads of incredible authors and illustrators, many of whom inspired me to write in the first place.

You can pre-order a copy and find out more HERE.


I’m currently in rehearsals and then on tour playing the role of Mad Mary in MEDICINE’S MONSTROUS DAUGHTERS by Vital Xposure. More details on my events page here, and on the show website here.

Well that didn’t go according to plan… I’m so very sad we didn’t get to show the world the incredible piece of work the whole team made. I hope we get to come together again, I hope we stay safe, I hope the venues and staff and freelancers are all okay.

Julie McNamara, artistic director of Vital Xposure, wrote about the rehearsal process, it feels even more important now that this testament to this important piece of work is read. LINK TO ARTICLE HERE.

MMD
image description: a stylised photo of a bottle with my head in it. written on the bottle is ‘Medicine’s MONSTROUS Daughters’

My theatre and spoken word performance work seeks to make the invisible visible. I perform frequently on the spoken word scene delivering passionate lyrical pieces about disability, mental health and politics.

Filmed by National Spoken Word Organisation Apples and Snakes – my piece ‘Second Best Room’

Our BLACKBOX film series captures performances from the best spoken word artists of today.


I’m proud to be a founding member of the Disconsortia collective – a group of disabled artists in the North East seeking and creating platforms to share our work, and to influence regional and national arts policy and practice in relation to disabled people as artists, leaders, audiences and participants. You can read more about Disconsortia, our manifesto, and the artists involved HERE.

image description: a collage of photographs of artists who performed at the Disconsortia DIY Cabaret layered around the poster.
image description: a collage of photographs of artists who performed at the Disconsortia DIY Cabaret layered around the poster. Photo Credit -Taken at the Disconsortia DIY Cabaret by Kev Howard

A recent interview in NARC Magazine about the Words Weekend Festival and my beloved North East.


I was awarded the 2019 Early Career Residency for Literature at Cove Park by the Fenton Trust.

photo description: The heading reads Cove Park, Residency, Early Career Residencies 2019, 02/09/2019 - 21/09/2019, Lisette Auton, and there is a head and shoulders photo of me looking to the left, appearing whimsical, wearing my favourite black dress adorned with tigers. Text reads: Cove Park's programme of Early Career Residencies supports UK-based artists in the process of establishing their careers, providing an opportunity for research and the development of new work at this crucial stage. We are pleased this year to offer four residencies to artists specialising in composition/music, crafts/design, literature and visual art. This year, the literature residency has been awarded to Lisette Auton.
photo description: There is a head and shoulders photo of me looking to the left, appearing whimsical, wearing my favourite black dress adorned with tigers. Full text is in Alt text for screen readers.

I am on the coveted #BIFFY50 list for the Best British & Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019.

A horse with a mermaid's tail holds a quill. Text reads: Best British & Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019 #BIFFY50
photo description: #BIFFY50 logo

INK FLOWS, the poetry collection I wrote about my time as Poet-in-Residence for Crossing the Tees Book Festival, illustrated by the incredible Illustrator-in-Residence Sara Gibbeson, is available now from Teesside libraries, Book Corner in Saltburn and 6e Publishing.


The twelve finalists in our finest outfits standing grouped together smiling at the camera. I am one of them. There are also two members of the CF team, Lemn Sissay and Kaerry Hudson.
photo description: The twelve Creative Future award winners in our finest outfits standing grouped together smiling at the camera. I am one of them. There are also two members of the CF team, as well as Lemn Sissay and Kerry Hudson.

I am a 2018 recipient of a Creative Future Literary Award for poetry.

Accessibility – pause the film and press the first little rectangle on the bottom right hand side for subtitles/closed captions.


My poetry, short stories and essays have been published in both print and online journals, links available here. I was appointed as Guest Editor for Disability Arts Online from December 2018 – February 2019. I used the platform to focus on Northern Emerging Disabled Artists. You can read the commissioned articles here.


Lisette stands pen in hand with purple doc boots covered in red ladybirds. She is wearing a white boiler suit covered in giant word bubble questions such as - Who is MIMA?
photo description: Lisette stands pen in hand with purple doc boots covered in red ladybirds. She is wearing a white boiler suit covered in giant word bubble questions such as – Who is MIMA?

As a creative practitioner I specialise in working with people who are not fully represented in the mainstream. I work in schools, community centres, prisons, probation hostels, galleries, libraries, wherever the words will have me…

Thank you for a wonderful workshop journey. Your warm up got the creative cells going, the quickfire focused my thoughts and then the stream of brilliant exercises made me fasten my literary seatbelt and enjoy the ride! A wonderful safe and accessible environment to write and share.

Well planned. Beautifully executed. Exhilarating. Thoughtful & caring. Thank you very much.

You can read more Nice Things People Have Said About Me here.