Lisette Auton is a disabled writer, award-winning poet, spoken word performer, theatre-maker and creative practitioner. Her spoken word performances focus on disability, mental health and politics, spiraling out from the personal to the universal. 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. Lisette uses her platform as a performer, poet, writer and theatre-maker to make the invisible visible.

During her Residency with Crossing the Tees Book Festival, Lisette will be spreading the joy of poetry throughout the Tees Valley. She will deliver a number of workshops in libraries and schools for all poetry abilities, plus she will give a masterclass for those more experienced poets looking to polish their skills.

Lisette will also be popping up at festival events to capture the essence of Crossing the Tees in poetry form. She will create a number of pieces to be published in a pamphlet at the end of the Festival, which will be available to borrow or buy from libraries. We can’t wait to read it!