Elisabeth Charis, a Room 204 writer for Writing West Midlands, is a thinker, writer, teacher, facilitator and permaculturalist currently living on her boat in England. She mostly writes and reviews poetry though is also working on a novel. Her short story, So Far from Home, published by Nine Arches Press, 2014 was part of a project Elisabeth coordinated, for Owl Productions, commissioning retellings of stories from Homer’s Odyssey for the anthology, A Midlands Odyssey (read a review here). In 2013 she was shortlisted to be Birmingham Poet Laureate.
Elisabeth is interested in the transformative possibilities of creative writing and has recently undergone training to work with mental health service users and completed a level 3 qualification with The Orchard Foundation in Writing for Well Being. She often works with marginalised or vulnerable young people and adults. She has a diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming.
Elisabeth has a first class honours degree in English Language and Literature and is a qualified teacher (QTS and TESOL) with many years of experience teaching young people and adults and facilitating workshops in and out of a variety of educational contexts. She has lived in China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and, most recently, Syria where political unrest forced her to return to the UK. Her travelling, her current itinerant lifestyle and her love of the natural world feed into her exploration of our relationship with time, place and language.
‘My writing also explores freedom and responsibility; ‘love’; the journey we are all on within ourselves and what it means to be a woman, in our world, now. This last is also called feminism but, like the other themes, it is really just a questioning of the world from the only perspective I know. Most importantly, I try to be honest, though that can be the hardest thing.’
Elisabeth is a member of WRB and Tindal Street Fiction Group.
See the projects page for upcoming projects.