Portrait 2

Elisabeth Charis is a thinker, writer and producer currently living in England with her daughters, though she has lived in several other countries and spent years cruising aboard her narrow boat. She begun working life as a hairdresser in the Black Country, had several career changes and spent many years teaching. Since leaving Damascus during the outbreak of the Arab Spring and jaded with the education system, however, she committed to life as a freelance writer and producer. She set up Owl Productions, an experimental organisation aiming to use stories to bring people together, explore different voices and make positive change.

Qualified and experienced at working with marginalised and vulnerable young people and adults and mental health service users, Elisabeth is interested in the transformative potential of self-expression.

Currently, editor for The Newsletter for Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook and neighbourhoodnewsonline.com and Project Lead: Stories for The Active Wellbeing Society, other projects are limited to being a mother, maintaining her worm farm and writing.

Elisabeth’s published writing includes poetry (print, radio, film and live performance), short stories, creative non-fiction, rap, children’s fiction, reviews and editorials. Influences include; arts and media, our troubled connection to the natural world and the bodily experiences of being a woman.

Qualified Teacher Status (3362843)

BA (Hons, 1st Class) English Language and Literature

Diploma Neuro-linguistic Programming

Orchard Foundation Level 3 (creative writing for wellbeing)

Trinity TESOL Cert (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


Elisabeth is a member of WRB and Tindal Street Fiction Group.



See the projects page for upcoming projects