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

I have not removed the listings – 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.

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

Upcoming Events

photo description: Lisette, a white woman with freckles and long brown hair, stands on top of a wooden table. She is wearing a grey dressing gown, purple Dr Marten boots and leaning on a purple perspex walking stick. The table is on a pebble beach with a river running behind it, with lots of green trees. image credit: Rob Irish
photo description: Lisette stands on top of a wooden table. She is wearing a grey dressing gown, purple Dr Marten boots and leaning on a purple perspex walking stick. The table is on a pebble beach with a river running behind it, with lots of green trees. image credit: Rob Irish

The River Cycle: A Disability Arts Showcase with Lisette Auton

Part of Durham Book Festival

In a beautiful, startling and mesmeric lyrical dialogue with her brain, the river and the sea, award winning disabled activist, writer and performer Lisette Auton weaves together character and setting to provoke debate and action: 25% of people in the North East are disabled, why do we not take up that cultural space?

‘Writing the Missing – A River Cycle’ is a new film commissioned for Durham Book Festival which came out of New Narratives of the North East, an ambitious project from New Writing North and the North East Culture Partnership. Lisette was given complete creative control to make the film which includes new commissions from disabled artists Bex Bowsher, Sarah Crutwell and Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

With captions, BSL interpretation and audio description embedded from the beginning, this film shows the power of disability arts; that access is a right, a right which leads to creative freedom, innovation and wonder.

Premiered Saturday 10th September 2020 – 5.00pm-5.45pm


You can watch it for free here until 1st November 2020

Access – subtitled, captioned and creatively audio described

Recent Past Events

Hark! The Sound of Stories

Performing a reading as a part of this online event from Tracks Darlington, blending music and story.

Sunday October 11th 2020

FREE – donations welcome

Deer Shed Festival

Performing a family friendly spoken word set on the Buckends stage. Poetry session is 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Saturday 25th July – 5.30pm CANCELLED

Festival tickets available HERE

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Access information is available HERE

photo description: Cezanne’s painting ‘Apples, bottle and chairback’ is the backdrop, on which is written The Art of Feasting 18 June 2020
photo description: Cezanne’s painting ‘Apples, bottle and chairback’ is the backdrop, on which is written The Art of Feasting 18 June 2020

[ONLINE] Open Courtauld Hour: The Art of Feasting

Performing a commissioned new poem based on work in the Courtauld Institute of Art’s collection as part of their series of digital open hour events. It gives attendees the chance to access, engage and read art and art history through a different lens— revamping and rethinking art historical discussions through food, pubs and poetry. These episodes will platform new perspectives, new ways into art practice, looking at art and reading its history through themes that impact us all.

Thursday 18th June –  8.05pm-9.05pm

FREE but booking is essential via this link

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Young Writers’ Day: Writing mystery with New Writing North Young Writers

I’m running a poetry workshop suitable for 12-19 year olds, as part of a writing day of mystery which forms part of The Word’s Write Festival.

Work with Lisette to develop some poems on a whole range of mysterious themes. With creative prompts and friendly advice Lisette will have you writing in no time!

Saturday 23rd May CANCELLED

Full session –  10.30am – 3.30pm

Poetry workshop – 10.30am -11.30am


The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF

All the details you need are in the link above, including access info.

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Belonging Exhibition at The Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

An extended exhibition of paintings by David Watson. I was commissioned as one of four poets and spoken word artists to create a piece of work around the theme of Belonging. To do this I worked with Creative Age at MIMA. The commissioned piece is part of the exhibition.

Exhibition runs 8th February – 19th April CANCELLED

Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Free entry and accessible building – info available HERE

The Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6LA


Vital Xposure – Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters

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.

Playing the role of Mad Mary on national tour.

Two plays by Julie McNamara and Omikemi. Directed by Penelope Freeman. Different women. Different times. Same system.
Two powerful plays, inspired by real life events, are woven together across time to expose unpalatable truths about the treatment of people deemed ‘different’ or ‘damaged’ and asks how much of our humanity do we lose in search of the cure?
Together, these plays tell some of the untold stories behind medicine’s ‘magical’ gains.
Age recommendation: 14+


ARC Stockton, Thursday 19th March

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, Thursday 26th March

Northern Stage, Newcastle, Wednesday 1st April

The Key, Peterborough, Thursday 2nd April

Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, Friday 3rd April

The Old Fire Station, Oxford, Thursday 16th April

Canada Water Theatre, The Albany, London, Friday 17th & Saturday 18th April

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Featured Artist at Say Owt Slam #24

Guest performer for Say Owt’s first slam of 2020! After 5 years of slams and being Highly Commended in the York Culture Awards, we’re back for another sizzling slam and entering the decade with energy! Invite yer pals! Invite yer parents! Invite yer enemies!

Slots for slam participants will open in January.

Saturday February 1st – 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Tickets £6 in advance, £7 on the door. Available from The Basement.

The Basement, City Screen Picturehouse, 13-17 Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

ACCESS: The Basement is fully accessible to all. If you have any special requirements please either let The Basement’s management know in advance via,or inform the staff on the door or on the main box office who will be happy to help.

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PopUpPoetry Durham

We’re going to be kind, be creative and play with words to begin the year. PopUpPoetry is gorgeous. Come and share your poems. All welcome. It’ll be a free-rolling smorgasbord of loveliness.

“This month’s Third Thursday with PopUpPoetry Durham: Lisette Auton, disabled writer, activist, spoken word artist, theatre maker and creative practitioner.

Come and join us and Lisette, all-round wonderful person and talented grower of creativity. Sparkles guaranteed…”

Thursday 16 January – 6.30pm


Old Cinema Launderette, 38 Marshall Terrace, Gilesgate Moor, Durham, DH1 2HX

Words Weekend

Lisette Auton Does Stuff with Words at Words Weekend

Half hour spoken word set as part of the Words Weekend Festival

Sunday 8th December – 2.15pm


Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Full access statement can be found by clicking on the link above.

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Art Assembly 

I’m Co-Curating a day of MIMA on tour in London Town!

Saturday 23rd November – 12 noon – 6pm

FREE – just turn up, no need to book

202 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 4BS

Art Assembly is a one-day festival brought to you by Art Fund and Waltham Forest to explore how art can make a difference. Join some of the UK’s leading arts organisations actively making a difference to communities. You’ll experience their pioneering projects first-hand – from bread-baking that brings people together, to theatre that breaks down barriers, to art addressing mental health, climate change and more.

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DIY Cabaret – Disconsortia

A multi-character spoken word performance in the role of The Crip Mistress alongside other disabled artists in a Cabaret of Crip Culture

Wednesday 6th November – 7.00pm

Pay What You Decide – Age 18+ – SOLD OUT – waiting list available by phoning ARC on 01642 525199

ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL

Accessible venue and relaxed performance

Recovery Songs

Recovery Songs Book Launch 

Supporting the incredible Ralph Dartford at the launch of his book, Recovery Songs.

Thursday 17th October – 7.00pm – 9.00pm

FREE/Pay What You Decide

Slung Low Working Men’s Club, The Holbeck, Leeds, LS11 9QX

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Sedgefield Book Ends 2019

Supporting Kate Fox at a wonderful spoken word night curated by Tony Gadd of Gong Fu Poets.

Monday 14th October – 7.30pm


Ceddesfeld Hall, Rectory Row, Sedgefield, TS21 2AE

Open Studios in September at Cove Park

Cove Park Open Studios

As part of my 2019 Early Careers Residency for Literature I will be giving a reading from work that has been written here. There are also open studios – a chance to see the incredible work produced by artists on residency at Cove Park.

Saturday 21st September – Open studios  Noon – 4.00pm – Reading 3.00pm


Cove Park, Peaton Hill, Cove, Argyll and Bute, G84 0PE, Scotland

Young people around a table covered in magazines, all writing.

Gateshead Summer School: In the Frame

Ready for a summer bursting with ideas? New Writing North runs three-day Summer Schools across the North East, where young people aged 12-19 work on exciting creative writing projects with professional writers and artists. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced writer or just want to try something new; if you’ve got an interest in creative writing then these Summer Schools are for you. For our first Gateshead Summer School we will be taking inspiration from works of art to create our own film stories! After looking around the Shipley Art Gallery for hidden stories to excite our imagination, we will make our own pieces of spoken word poetry with masterclasses from writers John Challis and Lisette Auton. Then, on the final day, we will use these to have fun making our own short films.

Wednesday 31st July – Friday 2nd August 11.00 am – 4.00pm

FREE – but tickets must be booked here

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB

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Ken Brady’s Ten Ladies

Fabulous night of spoken word, music, stories and comedy.

Monday July 29th – 5.30pm – 10.30pm


Wheelchair accessible venue with accessible loo.

Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead, NE8 2AN

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The Little Shed of Forgotten Dreams at Hartlepool Waterfront Festival

Installation and living museum with activities and events for everyone

Saturday 20th July – Sunday 21st July

FREE – Pay What You Decide Donation

Hartlepool Waterfront, Marina, The Highlight, TS24 0XT

Lisette with mic and book saying 'Stay Focused + Extra Sparkly' pulling bizarre faces on a festival stage with comic book dress and gold hologram backpack.

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival

Family friendly spoken word set

Saturday 20th July – 1.30pm – 2.00pm

FREE – Pay What You Decide Donation

Hartlepool Waterfront, Marina, The Highlight, TS24 0XT

York Disabled Writers Group

York Disabled Writers Group – for SAY OWT

A fun session full of writing exercises, open to anyone identifying as disabled. Suitable for curious beginners to seasoned scribblers.

Sunday 23rd June – 1pm-3pm

FREE – all event info, access info and travel cost help here

York Explore Library and Archive, York Central Library, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

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Poetry Workshops as Poet-in-Residence – Crossing the Tees Book Festival

Sometimes creating a wealth of new material to draw upon is the hardest part of being a poet. This session will show you quick fire exercises to develop new ways of looking at the world and creating new work. You’ll write a wealth of new beginnings within the session, and also take away a unique toolbox of techniques to use at home. This workshop is suitable for someone who has just begun writing poetry or has done so for years.

Multiple dates and venues:

Wed 12th June – 6.30-8.30pm – Community Hub Central, Hartlepool

Sat 15th June – 2-4pm – Acklam Community Hub

Wed 19th June – 2-4pm – Crown Street Library, Darlington

Thurs 20th June – 2-4pm – Redcar Library

£5 – tickets available here or phone ARC Box Office on 01642 525199


Poetry Masterclass as Poet-in-Residence – Crossing the Tees Book Festival

As poets we end up gathering notebooks full of fragments, knowing that they are worthy of our ink, but not quite knowing where they belong. This workshop will use these fragments as our foundation to create new work and introduce new forms and methods to find them a home. Suitable for those who have been playing with words for a while, this workshop will be excellent for those poets seeking to hone their poetry techniques to place in competitions and for publication. Please bring your notebooks!

Monday 10th June – 6pm-8pm

£5 – tickets available here or phone ARC Box Office on 01642 525199

Stockton Library, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TU

Let's Discuss Disability - Evening With Poster

An Evening with Lisette Auton

Hosting a celebratory night of Disability Arts – quiz open mic, comedy, music, spoken word and poetry. Food and drink inc. licensed bar. BSL Interpreted.

Saturday 1st June – Doors open 7pm – Event begins 8pm

FREE but tickets must be booked in advance here along with all event info

Thought Foundation, Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB


Let’s Discuss Disability

Exhibition of artists exploring disability through creative practice.

Preview Thursday 2nd May – 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition runs 2nd May to 14th June – opening hours see website

Thought Foundation, Clarity House, Durham Road, Birtley, DH3 2TB

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Tees Women Poets do Feminist Book Fortnight

Gloria Steinam, Roxane Gay and Frida Kahlo walk into a bookshop… Sisters of TWP collective share original poems written in response to feminist texts

Thursday 9th May – 7pm

Free but places limited. RSVP to

DRAKE Bookshop, 27 Silver Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1SX

Mondo Bongo

Poetry, Spoken Word & Music

Saturday 6th April – 7pm-9.30pm


The Bread Bowl Cafe, Queens Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4AE


Poetry Jam

Poetry & Spoken Word

Thursday 4th April – Doors open 7pm. Event 7.30pm-9.40pm


Waddington Street Centre, 3 Waddington Street, Durham City, DH1 4BG


No More Nowt Happens Showcase

Music and Spoken Word

Friday 29th March – 5pm-7pm


Dawdon Youth and Community Centre, Queen Alexandra Road, Seaham, SR7 7NH

Dear Mrs Pennyman

Dear Mrs Pennyman…

Creative Writing Workshop with shared food

February 28th – 3.30pm-7pm

Free – booking essential

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, MIMA, Centre Square, Miiddlesbrough, TS1 2AZ

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East Durham Creates

Spoken Word Night

February 26th – 7pm-9pm


Black Hall Community Centre, Hesleden Road, Hartlepool, TS27 4LG

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Artists Emerge! – for Disability Arts Online

Twitter Q&A for emerging artists  – funding, finding your tribe, making it pay…

February 20th – 2pm-4pm

Twitter – #ArtistsEmerge

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Between Waves

Launch of EP with Archipelago

Sunday 9th December – 7pm

The Bridge Hotel, Castle Square, Newcastle, NE1 1RQ

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Are we in an era post Disability Art?

Panelist at International DaDaFest Liverpool

Monday 3rd December – 11am-1pm

The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 3BX, UK


PopUpPoetry Durham – Third Thursday

Leading a poetry workshop – all welcome

Thursday 18th October – 4.30-6.30pm


St Chad’s College, 18 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3RH


Lemn Sissay presents Creative Future Literary Awards – part of London Literary Festival

Reading as a prize winning poet

Friday 26th October – 6.45pm


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX


Between Waves 

Performance of residency collaboration with Archipelago

Thursday 11th October – 7.30pm-11.00pm


Cobalt Studios, 10-16 Boyd Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1AP


Occupation by Pauline Heath produced by Little Cog

Theatre – Movement Facilitator

Wednesday 26th September – 1.30pm & 7.00pm

Pay What You Decide

ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LL


Arch Remarks

Spoken Word Performance

Monday 24th September – 7.00pm-10.30pm


Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead, NE8 2AN