Upcoming events…..


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

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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

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

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.

Recent past events…..

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

A drawing of a shed covered in words, info about event all written in the event listing

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

east durham creates spoken word night

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


between waves

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