Week 2: Meet the Authors...

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

As another week goes by, this means one thing for us: we have the pleasure of introducing you to two more of the amazing women who'll each be writing a chapter in In Her Own Way.


PHOTO CREDIT: Natasha Hirst

Eleanor Lisney has lived in 3 continents and 4 countries, starting in Malaysia, moving to the UK for her undergraduate degree in English and American Literature. She moved with her husband and children to France for a stint there while studying with the Open University for a Masters in Literature before setting off to the the University of Texas – Austin for a Masters of Science in Information Studies.

She feels she has truly a multicultural background and understands the intersectional nature of identities. She has written for Media Diversified and is a member of the NUJ. As a disabled woman of colour, she would like to write about the complexities of intersectionality as she juggles her own identities of race, disability, gender and class.

She is passionate about human rights, disability and gender rights and campaigns for social justice. As an access advisor, she lobbies for inclusion of all and stresses on the importance of having access to justice. She is a co founder of Sisters of Frida, a disabled women's collective - mobilising and sharing through lived experiences. As a writer, she hopes to amplify the voices of disabled women and those of colour.

Recently she has written a chapter on being a disabled feminist as well as one on the importance of accessible toilets. She has also contributed an article on disability, class and capitalism.

See: http://ethoelisney.uk




"Im a designer, entrepreneur and place maker.

Brought up by my mother, I went to a Swansea school and didn’t know how to channel my intelligence. I made a nuisance of myself and my exam grades didn’t reflect my potential. I worked in a call centre but my aunt, a tiny Scottish matriarch, wanted more for me. I listened to the suggestion that I should study in the arts. Somehow, I was accepted onto a foundation course on the strength of a portfolio of work. A Foundation year tutor – still a friend – pushed me towards university in 2004. After graduation, I created a light that went on to be sold around the world in Habitat, which was listed as one of the top 100 designs in Habitat's first 50 years - something my 19-year-old art school self would never have believed.

In my 33rd year I am the co-founder of Duke Studios - founded in 2011. It's a creative studio that houses 75 businesses, a bar and a café and a 350-capacity venue. We brought the World’s Biggest Disco ball to Leeds whilst 22,000 people across Yorkshire simultaneously danced to one song at 7pm. I am keen to make change in the city that I live in, often a female outsider in a male-dominated realm, with multiple perspectives – creative, digital, private sector, volunteering – and I find it impossible not to be outspoken. I ask awkward questions and refuse to be intimidated by people in positions of power. 

My contribution to “In her own way” will be a letter to my 16 year old self: a young woman who still resonates in my personality but who now lives life in a very different way."

See: https://duke-studios.com/

Watch this space for more author reveals next week!

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