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Lisette Auton

Lisette Auton is a disabled writer, spoken word performer, poet, actor, creative practitioner and theatre-maker. She has a BA Hons in Theatre Acting: Devised Performance from Bretton Hall, a JNC Professional Qualification in Youth Work and a MSc in Community Development and Youth Work. She is an award winning poet and has a place on Penguin Random House's Write Now scheme for underrepresented writers for her middle grade novel. Her work can be found in many anthologies in orint and online. She was appointed as Guest Editor for Disability Arts Online. Her spoken word performances focus on disability, mental health and politics, using lyrical techniques to spiral out from the personal to the universal. Recent commissions include ‘Deranged Poetesses: Mothers’ at ARC, and ‘Between Waves’ a collaboration with award winning garage jazz trio Archipelago to create new work. As a creative practitioner Lisette specialises in working with people whose voices are not fully represented in the mainstream, designing and delivering unique workshops ensuring that the arts are open and accessible to all. Recent work includes designing MIMA’s schools programme and working on their Celebrating Age Project, as Movement Facilitator on Occupation by Pauline Heath at ARC, and delivering poetry workshops for PopUp Poetry Durham. Lisette uses her platform as a performer, writer and theatre-maker to make the invisible visible.

Posts by Lisette Auton

Playlist: It’s Proper Mint Up North, Like

Curated by Lisette Auton Visual art, poetry, spoken word, theatre, film, comedy, performance art: guess what? We’re making it up North. We’re making grassroots sock-it-to-you comedy in crypts in pubs under bridges. We’re taking over main stages with packed houses. We’re making films to make you laugh, cry and tell stories ...

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Karen Sheader – The Need to be Creative

Karen Sheader, writer, film-maker, activist and musician of the Fugertivs fame, talks to Lisette Auton about the parallels between their journeys through Disability Arts Karen welcomes me in to her home and we bond over our dogs who both like being Neighbourhood Watch stalwarts on window seats. Karen talks about her ...

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Kev Howard – a photo essay

As part of her guest editorship on Disability Arts Online, Lisette Auton talked to Kev Howard – a photographer and musician based in Saltburn, North Yorkshire. Known for his d-FORMED exhibition, his work also encompasses documentary, activism, studio, portrait, landscape and performance work. Kev is currently studying for an MA in ...

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Lisette Auton – What’s in a name?

In a Guest Editorship focusing on emerging artists, Lisette Auton questions the barriers facing artists before they even become emerging. How do we ensure that the opportunities afforded by disability arts are visible and accessible to all? On my first day at Junior school (the little blue building 63 steps from ...

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gobscure – raging against the machine

As part of her guest editorship on Disability Arts Online, Lisette Auton talked to gobscure – a prolific, internationally exhibited artist, writer and performer. gobscure says about themselves: "tho sometimes reduced to silences, we mostly play with words, sometimes conventionally / sometimes un." I’m given this warning from gobscure in ...

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DiVerse – finding my tribe

DiVerse is a monthly spoken word night alternating between Saltburn and Stockton in Teesside, which is billed as a platform for 'other voices'; poets who are women, LGBTQ+, visibly and invisibly disabled, artists of colour – or offer a perspective that differs from the mainstream. "Packed full of different perspectives ...

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The Life Changing Power of Disability Arts

I am a writer, a poet, an actor and activist, a spoken word performer, a creative practitioner and facilitator, a feminist, a believer in human rights and kindness. I campaign and yell from roof tops. I decried the cuts and austerity which widened and widens the gap between haves and ...