Some dates for your diary
THE INKING WOMAN EXHIBITION
26th April – 23rd July 2017. Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London. WC1A 2HH.
EAST LONDON COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL
On 16th, 17th, 18th June 2017 I’ll be at the ECLAF tabling, signing and doing a panel. I’m speaking on Sunday and signing on Saturday at the House Of Illustration table.
NORWICH LITERATURE FESTIVAL
21st to 24th June 2017 I’ll be at the Norwich Literature festival by invitation from the International Literature Showcase. I’m reading on Wednesday evening at an event dinner for the International Literature Showcase at Norwich Castle Keep.
7th to 9th of July I’ll be at Semana Negra in Gijon, Spain for an exhibition and a round of talks about stories against violence against women and girls. Details tbc.
AYE WRITE LITERATURE FESTIVAL, GLASGOW.
Sunday 12th March I was at the Centre for Contemporary Arts for a panel session with Maria Stoian and Sasha de Buyl Pisco. A really interesting session with an in depth chat abut feminism and comics.
OXFORD LIFE WRITING CENTRE, WOLFSON COLLEGE, OXFORD UNIVERSITY
25th February 2017 I was speaking at the famous Wolfson College Centre For Life Writing about my work more generally as it relates to Self Knowledge: Autobiography and Research.
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA BANDE DESSINÉE, ANGOULEME, FRANCE
26th to 29th January 2017 I was at the festival in Angouleme France as part of the International Girl Gang. In answer to the debacle in 2016 when no women artists were nominated for the Grand Prix and international group of women artists, editors and writers delivered a raft of talks and events for the festival committee.
LAKES INT COMIC ART, KENDAL
Saturday 15th October 2016, Lakes International Comic Art Fest, Kendal, 11.30 till 12.30, I was a panelist and was signing books at the Myriad Editions Table. Tickets £8.00.
THOUGHT BUBBLE, LEEDS (Three events)
Wednesday 2nd November 2016, Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square, Leeds, 6.00pm till 8.30pm. Comics creating workshop and a slide show about the On Sanity project. Free copies of the zine We All Start At The Beginning to all participants. Signed copies of On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives will be on sale at the event at £4.99.
Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th of November, at the Myriad Editions table in the TB convention, signing Becoming/Unbecoming.
Sat 5th Nov, Cinema of War, Royal Armouries (Second Floor), 13.50-14.40, free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass.
Four creators talking about their recent books and the use of comics to tell stories from fiction to graphic memoir. Rachael Ball – author of The Inflatable Woman, Henny Beaumount – author of Hole in the Heart, Jade Sarson author of- For the Love of God, Marie! and Una- author of Becoming Unbecoming. Chaired by Lou Crosby – Seeing Poetry, and Co-ordinator of Laydeez do Comics, Leeds.
COMICS FORUM, LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY
Friday, 4th November 2016. I presented at the Comics Forum at Leeds Central Library. a paper on my new work in progress, Eve, and the emerging genres in comics and graphic novels.
WATERSTONES, PICCADILLY, LONDON
Wednesday 9th November 2016, Myriad Editions Literary Salon, Piccadilly Waterstones, London, 7.00pm. Discussions, slide shows, readings and signings.
ON SANITY: ONE DAY IN TWO LIVES
As part of the On Sanity project I gave a couple of talks at INKWELL ARTS – 31 Potternewton Lane, LS7 3LW.
Thursday 23rd June 2016
Me and my mum, discussed the comic we created specially for this project, about our different perspectives on the day my mum was admitted to hospital. She gave a talk about how her illness manifested, the difficulties it gave her and her subsequent recovery.
Thursday 30th June 2016
Me and Darryl Cunningham gave an informal talk about our work as it relates to mental health. Darryl’s first novel Psychiatric Tales, about being first a nurse and then a patient can be found in comics shops and online.
Some comics colleagues and I also gave some free community art sessions UNION 105 – 105 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 3HY and we delivered similar sessions in a psychiatric unit in Leeds. This resulted in the zine, We All Start At The Beginning.
20th April – 24th 2016 July original drawing from Becoming/Unbecoming was part of an exhibition called The Great British Graphic Novel at the Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell St, London WC1A 2HH. Artists featured in the show included Kate Charlesworth, Dave Gibbons, William Hogarth, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmons, Bryan and Mary Talbot.
5th Feb – 15th May 2016 original drawing from Becoming/Unbecoming was shown alongside original work from women in comics through the ages as part of a group show at the House of Illustration, curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett. The show was called Comix Creatrix: 100 Women in Comics and I was honoured to be part of this event with so many brilliant artists, going back to Marie Duval. House of Illustration is a great gallery space, behind Kings Cross station, right next to Central St Martins, University of the Arts, London. Here’s a rather nice article in the Guardian about the show.
8th to 13th March 2016 is WOW – Women of the World – festival at the South Bank Centre, London. I appeared on the 11th March on a panel of graphic novelists as part of the festival. Sarah Lightman, co-founder of Laydeezdocomics was chair and me (Becoming/Unbecoming), Rachael Ball (The Inflatable Woman) and Catherine Anyango (Heart of Darkness and 2×2) were the panel. It was called Kapow! Graphic Novel Social.
I took part in a panel with some other great women at Leeds Central Library for an International Women’s Day event called The Festival Of The Body. Saturday 19th March, My fellow panelists were Jacky Fleming, Kristyna Baczynski and Beth Dawson! This is the organiser’s blurb:
The month-long programme of public events includes an exhibition, conference, performances and talks. It’s all free and includes something for everyone including theatre, making sessions, participatory events and a wide range of talks. Festival of the Body is organized by F=, an interdisciplinary research group based at Leeds Beckett University exploring the significance of feminism in creative practices.
Find out more at fequals.co.uk
On Thursday 12th November I was in conversation with the estimable Roger Sabin, Professor of Popular Culture at CSM, University of the Arts, at Waterstones Leeds, an event timed to coincide with the Comics Forum and Thought Bubble Festival. Roger stepped in at the last minute after the original presenter had to withdraw and he did a sterling job, thanks Roger. He actually saw Becoming/Unbecoming in the early stages after I asked him for some critical feedback, and we had a fruitful discussion over coffee in a little restaurant in Clapham, so he is well placed to discuss is with me now and directed his questions well. We had a good turnout, including a whole class group from the University of Leeds Continuing Education. So lovely to see them all sitting there in the front row. Also in attendance were two women from the Leeds based SARSVL, (Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds) who were distributing information and informing people about a new role in their organisation. After the talk, I was able to meet and chat briefly to lots of people to whom the book was important while I was signing. I wish there had been more time to chat, but perhaps we’ll meet again. If you were there, thanks for coming.
Thought Bubble 2015, Leeds
I was at the Myriad Editions table at the Thought Bubble festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th for book signing and general chat. Becoming/Unbecoming was selling like hot inky cakes on the Saturday so I got to talk to lots of people. I was interested to find out that lots of mainstream comics fans also like my book, which I’m sure is a good sign. I’m aware of how, erm… alternative my approach to comics is so I’m delighted by this. Best of all, I had a chat with Kieron Gillen, who has written for Marvel and is known for his work on The Wicked + The Divine. Turns out he loved my book and as he gave me a potted critique on the spot. (A good one obviously). I wasn’t involved in any panels at Thought Bubble, but I was a guest this year, here’s my guest page.
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour – Twice!
I appeared for the second time on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour on November 17th. This time I was drawing cartoons, which were then tweeted by BBC staff. The idea was that I would make drawings in response to a studio discussion about what people look like as part of the Mirror Mirror features on appearance. However, on the day there was only a short section discussing what people look like, so I just doodled away on anything that seemed interesting. As the show went out shortly after the Paris attacks, there was a discussion about how to talk to children about these events. A serious and sensitive topic, and not an easy thing to make a cartoon about on the spot, but I did, and I’m rather proud of it. I’m going to make a separate blog post with the cartoons on it so you can look at it there.
I have to say, it is extremely inhibiting trying to draw while there is a camera over your shoulder and someone hovering with an iPad, so some of the drawing from that day is pretty wonky, but they liked it, that’s the thing. I drew a quick pic of each crew member (of course people don’t usually see them) and they liked them so much they took them home. I drew Jane Garvey and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame and also drew along with her interview about her musical origins. Jane took the drawing I made of her view into the control room and said she was going to frame it and hang it in the hall! We chatted along while I drew and you can listen to the podcasts here.
The podcast for the more extended October interview with Jenni Murray can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06d9p9q
On 23rd of November 2015 I presented at London Laydeezdocomics, Gosh Comics with Richy K Chandler of Tempo Lush comics. It sold out, and I had a great reception, which was lovely because that’s where it all started. When Becoming/Unbecoming wasn’t even a notion of book yet, I went there to show my work. This was in the damp and dusty days of meeting at the Rag Factory, off Brick Lane. I kept attending the forum and helped out a little all through its transformation into something rather grand at Foyles bookstore and then got too busy to go there anymore. Now it has this wonderful quirky residency at Gosh. This useful forum was started by Nicola Streeten and Sarah Lightman, because they were tired of seeing so many male presenters at comics events. They have certainly evened out the balance. Nicola and Sarah are on sabbatical at the moment, so the forum is run by the lovely Keara Stewart and Wallis Eates. Gosh is such a lovely comics shop, I love the way it’s laid out and it sells lots of interesting stuff, you should visit it soon.
London Literature Festival
The London Literature Festival went well in October 2015. I was on a panel called The New Experimentalists, at the South Bank Centre, Royal Festival Hall. I’ve been invited back to take part in the Women of the World event in March 2016. Dates to be confirmed
Feminism in London Conference
I was at the Feminism in London Conference in October 2015 because I’d been shortlisted for the Emma Humphries Memorial Prize for writing and activism that combats violence against women and children. I was lucky enough to hear the grand dame Naawal el Sadaawi speak. Amazing event.
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