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Lisette Auton

Lisette, a white woman with freckles and brown hair, looks off to the left. She is wearing a black dress covered in tigers, she is outdoors, leaning on a fence.

Lisette, a white woman with freckles and brown hair, looks off to the left. She is wearing a black dress covered in tigers, she is outdoors, leaning on a fence.

Lisette Auton‘s work focuses on identity, curiosity and play, kindness and access. Disabled, neurodivergent and northern, some say she’s a word artist, she says she does stuff with words. She works as a solo artist, with collaborators, and alongside wonderful humans as a creative practitioner. Her work lives on the page and often leaps off it as performance or installation. You’ll find Lisette’s work online, in galleries, theatres and bookshops, as well as random places such as laundrettes and station waiting rooms.

Lisette is an award-winning poet; the 2019 Early Careers Fellow for Literature at Cove Park; on the TSS Publishing list of Best British & Irish Flash Fiction; and winner of the Journal Culture Awards 2021 Performance of the Year for WRITING THE MISSING – A RIVER CYCLE commissioned by Durham Book Festival.

Her debut novel THE SECRET OF HAVEN POINT is forthcoming from Puffin in February 2022.

“I can’t express how important this project is. Every person deserves to see themselves represented in the books that they read. But not just represented, represented well – authentically in a diverse manner that opens up questions and wonders, and never closes them down. It was a privilege to read and then work together to create a shortlist of these books. But even more exciting that we were only doing this small part – that it was the young people who had the ultimate say, exactly as it should be.”

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