Writing

In light of current events – all 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.

Keep safe everyone. I’m leaving a light on so that we will come back x

I am delighted to be represented by 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 in capital letters above my head, Agent: Molly Ker Hawn, below.

My adventure novel for upper middle grade readers entitled The Wrecklings has earned me a coveted spot as one of 10 mentees out of over 1700 applicants on Penguin RHUK’s WriteNow programme. You can read more about it 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 left hand side.

My local newspaper printed an article about me being chosen as a mentee which you can read here. The title is ‘Follow your dreams, kids’. Which I rather think you should.


I was honoured and overwhelmed to be asked to write a story for PRHUK’s Puffin 80th Birthday Anthology. Look at the list of authors and illustrators – this is the stuff dreams are made of! My story, THE GANG, is wonderfully illustrated by the incredible Elisa Paganelli.

Publishing 14th May 2020, you can pre-order the book and find out more about the project HERE.


I was awarded the 2019 Cove Park Early Career Residency for Literature.

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.
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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.


I have a coveted place on the #BIFFY 50 List celebrating the Best British and Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019 for my piece SECOND BEST ROOM.

A horse with a mermaid's tail holds a quill. Text reads: Best British & Irish Flash Fiction 2018-2019 #BIFFY50
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I won a Creative Future Literary Award 2018 for my poem entitled And I Know, which is published in the anthology Chemistry, which is available to buy here. The award was presented at the London Literary Festival at Southbank Centre by Lemn Sissay.

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


Lisette sits cross-legged on a chest, hands on her ankles. She is wearing a black dress covered in tigers.
photo description: Lisette sits cross-legged on a chest, hands on her ankles. She is wearing a black dress covered in tigers. photo credit: Laura Tindall at PaperBoat Photography

I was commissioned to write a lyrical essay, Crap-Bag Days, by Carmen Marcus, author of How Saints Die which is long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize. You can read it here on the fabulous website The Book of Godless Verse. Carmen says about my writing:

Today’s #DailyMess is brought to you by the brilliant Lisette Auton. This is a summons to accept we can’t always be smashing it without breaking ourselves. Here is an intimate snap shot of life outside the perfect days. Let it break and mend you x


The following are links to a few examples of my poetry online:

Second Best Room – commissioned poem for Visual Verse

Surrender and Go To War and Fight For Me – published at I am Not a Silent Poet

The Fallacy of Saving – published in Snakeskin 233

We Rule – published in Issue 3: Locations of DNA Magazine (p.34)


These articles are examples of my creative non-fiction:

What’s in a name?Opinion Piece

Diverse – Finding my Tribe – Review

Karen Sheader – The Need to be Creative – Interview

Kev Howard – A Photo Essay – Showcase

Lisette Auton & Vici Wreford-Sinnott in Conversation – Is Emerging even a Thing? – Interview

Secret Diary of a Fledgling Freelancer – commissioned article for development agency, New Writing North

Disconsortia – A Lyrical Essay – commissioned piece as Writer in Residence for Disconsortia – part poem, part essay, part transcript.


Editor

logo for Disability Arts Online
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I was appointed as Guest Editor for Disability Arts Online from December 2018 – February 2019. I wrote seven pieces including interviews, an opinion piece, reviews and showcases, and commissioned a further 12 articles which were published in 4 newsletters in a takeover in February 2018. I also conducted an Instagram takeover and hosted a live Twitter debate. The theme for the editorship was Northern Emerging Disabled Artists – to give this region, and other artists in my position, a platform to showcase their unbelievable talent. This is the link to the project page with all the articles I wrote and commissioned.