Elisabeth Charis, a permaculturalist and Room 204 writer for Writing West Midlands, is a thinker, writer, producer and facilitator currently living in England. Recently, Elisabeth was awarded a grant from The Arts Council England to produce a short, animated film using her poem, Eden Reborn, originally commissioned for Lit Fuse by Apples & Snakes and mac Birmingham. Her short story, So Far from Home, published by Nine Arches Press, 2014 was part of a project Elisabeth coordinated, for Writing West Midlands and her production company, OWL Productions, commissioning retellings of stories from Homer’s Odyssey for the anthology, A Midlands Odyssey (read a review here). Otherwise, she mostly writes and reviews poetry alongside her ongoing novel. 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.
As well as a diploma in Neurolinguistic Programming, Elisabeth also 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 influences include our often troubled connection to the Natural World; bodily experiences as a woman; international travel and years of itinerant life aboard her narrow boat, Fair Adventure.
‘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.