Lisa is a poet, creative writing scholar and collaborative artist. Born in the west end of Newcastle Lisa has been writing poetry, out of necessity, since she was a child – a late diagnosis of dyslexia/SpLD having finally made sense of her love of literature in shorter forms. An interest in radical research methodologies and pedagogies inspired her signature writing techniques Strange Bedfellows and The Horse and Tomato. For almost 20 years – and with her creative agency The/Poetry/Fold – Lisa has worked as a freelance writer and independent scholar in the UK. A ramping up of her innovative CPD, teaching and mentoring services led her to a PhD in Poetry and Poetics (Northumbria University, with Studentship) and Lisa is currently in the writing up phase of her doctorate. Her prose poem triptych ‘Gaze’ won first prize in the 2018 Welshpool Poetry Festival competition and her current book, Callisto (Red Squirrel Press, June 2018) is her fourth poetry collection, but the first to be written entirely in prose poetry sequences of interconnected text blocks: Callisto has been described, by the UK poet Gillian Allnutt, as “…a courageous book, clear-eyed, unflinching”. Lisa plays rhythm guitar and mandolin, has an interest in underwater photography and lives on the northeast coast of England.