Lizzie Shirley singer and songwriter,  music and singing leader,  drama teacher and workshop leader, song arranger, actor, comedian and published poet.

Scotsman …’sings as sweetly as anyone in Edinburgh’

Time Out …’equally talented in both arts…a rare and ringing voice’.

5 Stars …’a blithe acoustic stance…utterly lovely’

South London Press : …’highly recommended’ …’a born performer’.



Available for performances of a political/Socialist set of radical songs, (including Brecht, anti-nuclear, Leon Rosselson, etc) In a performance called 'Sing and Survive'. with accompanist on piano.

And for performances as singer/songwriter - including political and social comment songs, love songs, and quirky fun songs.






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Hospital Scene

Narrow is a corridor.
A man pushes against the hands of another man
Father and son.
Confusion in motion
Distress in action.
The father’s institutional clean, blue nightdress
A private
“Where are you going Dad?”
“What are you looking at ?”
“He’s not usually like this”, the son reassures staff.
“I’ve never seen him like this”.
Dad silently and half-heartedly pushes once more against his son’s hands.
An empty wheelchair shudders nearby.
A man in white, with a stethoscope hurries past,
The sound of his shuffling , amplified by the current stillness of the two men.
Kindly strangers in blue, stand still,
Looking on.

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