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, feminism and equality. I use lyrical techniques to spiral out from the personal to the universal. There are also poems about living with a nut allergy when you don’t like to make a fuss, and my love of chips.

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.
photo description: Lisette with mic and book saying ‘Stay Focused + Extra Sparkly’ on a festival stage with comic book dress and gold hologram backpack.

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.


 

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.


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 had great fun on an incredibly windy Sunday afternoon in Newcastle, sitting at a bus stop, with two proper mint lads from Newcastle University. The brief for the commission was Newcastle in the afternoon, I immediately thought of childhood adventures on the bus with my gran. Anyone else remember (still get!) the joy of a double-decker with the top seat free?

Also, these were students in their second year racing to hit deadlines and being paid zero pennies. ZERO PENNIES. EXCEPTIONALLY TIGHT FOR TIME. They subtitled this for me to ensure accessibility. It’s something we should ALL do, no excuses, and ensures that our work can reach the widest possible audience and is accessible. I watch loads of stuff on mute and love it when I can read along. If these proper ace students can do it, we can all do it.

Extract from ‘One Seat Free’, courtesy of Charlie Henry Hall @ Culture Lab, Newcastle University.

ps I had no control over the edit, no one heard me say fuggies, right?

 

 


 

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 and EP, available now on Spotify and as a free download.

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.

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, showing 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.

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

 

‘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…

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


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.

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


See my Events page for upcoming gigs.