Spoken Word

My work as a spoken word artist seeks to make the invisible visible.  I deliver passionate, high octane, physical pieces about disability, mental health, politics and quite often also my freckles, using lyrical techniques to spiral out from the personal to the universal. The following photos are examples of me on stage, doing my wordy shenanigans. I have performed in pubs, in a crypt, on stages such as at ARC, Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre, and the Southbank Centre, at Festivals, outdoors, indoors, on a bridge and in a launderette.


 

I was chosen as one of four female artists to work with award winning jazz band Archipelago to produce new music for the ‘Between Waves‘ collaboration. We spent a weekend in an intense residency, creating brand new work which we then performed to a packed audience at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle.

I have never been so pushed and challenged creatively, been so terrified, nor so proud of a piece of work. The following photos taken by Ken Drew sum up the performance. They show me on stage, seated on a stool, John Pope on bass, Christian Alderson on drums and Faye MacCalman on a huge assortment of instruments, the photos are in electric colours, there are quiet moments, anger and unbridled energy:

A review of our second gig by photographer extraordinaire Ken Drew, is available to read here.

I wrote ‘Songbird’ many years ago, too long and lyrical for flash fiction, too short for a short story. Then the wonderful award winning Archipelago came along and I joined them for their Between Waves project. With their incredible skills this piece finally found its home and came alive. It was recorded live at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle after only two days of residency.

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‘Between Waves’ is a brand new piece from the two day residency with award winning Archipelago. I’d read that machines could detect a flutter in your brain every time your heart beats. I mean, I don’t remember reading that, but there was a scrawl in my notebook in my writing, so I must have done. We played, devised and improvised and this was the result, recorded live at Cobalt Studios in Newcastle. Thus proving my point that every scrap is important, and if you don’t write it down, you will forget…

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A recent commission was ‘Deranged Poetesses: Mothers’, a pecha kucha event with my own slideshow and where I was able to wear a top hat, use a cane for purposes other than walking and talked ‘Other Mothers’.

Lisette leans on a gold topped cane with scrunched up face wearing a steam punk top hat.
photo description: Lisette leans on a gold topped cane with scrunched up face wearing a steam punk top hat. photo credit: Laura Tindall at PaperBoat Photography

I was given a Creative Future Literary Award for my poem ‘And I Know’. It was presented at a fabulous awards evening at The Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival.

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*TRIGGER WARNING* – the following video contains swearing, rants about disability, kindness and love.

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*TRIGGER WARNING* – the following video contains swearing, feminism, a near-death experience, and a first-time-phone-in-hand-open-mic-run-out for this poem.

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See my Events page for upcoming gigs.

I am based in Darlington in North-East England, and am happy to travel to new venues far and wide to deliver my words. Get in touch here for further information.