Writing the Missing – A River Cycle: A Disability Arts Showcase with Lisette Auton

In a beautiful, startling and mesmeric lyrical dialogue with her brain, the river and the sea, award winning disabled activist, writer and performer Lisette Auton weaves together character and setting to provoke debate and action: 25% of people in the North East are disabled, why do we not take up that cultural space? 

‘Writing the Missing – A River Cycle’ is a new film commissioned for Durham Book Festival which came out of New Narratives of the North East, an ambitious project from New Writing North and the North East Culture Partnership. Lisette was given complete creative control to make the film which includes new commissions from disabled artists Bex Bowsher, Sarah Crutwell and Vici Wreford-Sinnott. With captions, BSL interpretation and audio description embedded from the beginning, this film shows the power of disability arts; that access is a right, a right which leads to creative freedom, innovation and wonder. 

Lisette Auton is a disabled writer, activist, poet, spoken word artist, theatre-maker and creative practitioner based in Darlington. 


Producer, Director, Writer & Performer – Lisette Auton

Filmmaker – Rob Irish

Commissioned writers & performers – Bex Bowsher, Sarah Crutwell & Vici-Wreford-Sinnott

BSL interpreter – Sue Lee at Becoming Visible


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