Stir – Lisa Franklin

Everything changed with a phone call

Lisa Franklin is a poet and theatre maker based in the Midlands. Her work typically explores the relationship between nature & the digital and attempts to challenge the role of audience.

She is one half of theatre company; Gertrude & one piece of poetical music troupe; The Mechanicals. She is currently on tour with ‘The Righteous Jazz’ – a piece of theatre studying the life and works of poet Philip Larkin.


Always moving


To house

To house, to house, to house

To house



Everything changed with a phone call

Sent to Coventry

A trip to the hospital

Not moving

I couldn’t leave

And now, 

I don’t want to

House to house to house to house



Lisa Franklin

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