Marking an important 20 year anniversary

    On my bedroom wall sits an apparently unremarkable photograph. A fragment of a larger photo-collage, it blends with other family snapshots that are scattered in plain, wooden frames around our house. In the photo I am smiling, wearing a red, seersucker dress from a well-known UK retailer founded in Leeds in 1894 by a Polish-Jewish refugee Mr Marks and his friend from Skipton, Mr Spencer. The blue fabric mules I’m wearing are from the same shop. Sunglasses swing on a string around my neck and my hair is in a short phase, lightened by having lived in the sun. I’m wearing…

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Una’s Spotify playlists

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl back into my loneliness.” Maya Angelou. I’m not from a particularly musical family. I remember a lot of excitement when we got a  Radiogram* combining a radio, a turntable and speakers in an enormous, polished, wooden cabinet. It was already an old-fashioned thing when it arrived in our house. My mother would occasionally play a Barry Manillo record on it. Apart from that, it mostly gathered dust until I started using it to dance round the room to Siouxsie and the Banshees when everyone was…

CSE Principles

Commissioned by the University of Bedfordshire: International research centre: Child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking. I made a series of narrative drawings in response to research the centre has been doing into how young people who have experienced or are at risk of CSE access specialist services and what they want or need from those services. A set of ten postcards is available as a free downloadable resource here. A powerpoint presentation including the full report and more illustrations for use by specialist services is also available here. Here are some samples:

Cree

I’ve been working on a commission to write and draw a short graphic novel for New Writing North and Durham Book Festival. This is the first time they have commissioned graphic work, so it’s a real honour. It’s been a two year project with  research and development, public participation, events and finally a full colour comic book, a fictionalised account of real lives in County Durham. The drawing below is one I made during when I visited the Just For Women Centre in Stanley, County Durham, where women meet to support one another and make things for their collective shop….