BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour live drawing

  I’m lucky enough to have been invited on to Woman’s Hour twice. The first time, in October 2015 I was interviewed by the lovely Jenni Murray about Becoming/Unbecoming. Jenni put me totally at ease, even though I was so nervous I thought I’d forgotten how to speak! The second time in November 2015, I drew along with the studio conversation. The drawings were then tweeted by BBC radio 4 crew. I had been asked to make drawings in response to a studio discussion about what people looked like as part of a feature called Mirror Mirror. However, on the day…

On Sanity: A Book, a zine, a project about mental ill-health.

It’s been a few years since I’ve worked as an artist with groups of people that funding bodies like to refer to as ‘communities’ and it was such a pleasure to return to this kind of work after so many years of isolation in the shed, while working on my book Becoming/Unbecoming and also on my PhD, which I’m supposed to be writing up (sigh!). I’d applied to the arts council with a vague feeling that my application would probably be unsuccessful so I was actually quite surprised to get the money to do the project, but extremely pleased to…

Becoming/Unbecoming

My name is Una. Meaning one, one life, one of many. What can I tell you about myself? Well, I once learned to play Mull of Kintyre on the guitar. Other kids teased me but I genuinely thought it was a nice song.

Shop

  Welcome to the shop. You can buy my books here. I have two books at the moment: Becoming Unbecoming (2015) a 200 page novel published with Myriad Editions and On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives (2016) a 40 page comics, self published, funded by ACE. Items are normally dispatched within 24 hours of your order. Please make sure you select the correct postage for your product at checkout to avoid over payment. Click ‘change’ shipping on the checkout page and select first or second class post for your product. Contact me at the email below if you have any questions about…

Commissions

  Crossing Borders: The First Border We Cross I was invited by the ILS (International Literature Showcase) to make a piece for the theme Crossing Borders, commissioned by the British Council. I decided to make a comics spread about the first border we all cross, which needn’t be the most deadly, but for many women around the world is. I researched maternal mortality rates in different countries and also found out about initiatives from MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) which have saved thousands of lives over the last two decades. Initiatives which sometimes cost pence. Where women have little control over…

Books I like

Everyone else seems to have a Top Ten this and that, so I thought I’d have one too. It’s not easy to stick to ten because I’m a fairly eclectic reader, so it’s more a Top Ten+ list. I love funny books and serious ones, this has been the case since I was a kid and I used to read anything I came across – C.S Lewis, P.G Woodhouse, Graham Green, Enid Blyton, The Beano, Evelyn Waugh, Mad Magazine… And as mentioned in Becoming/Unbecoming, I liked to organise my bookshelf like a library. I fantasised about working in a bookshop….

Becoming/Unbecoming at the London Literature Festival

I’m excited to be appearing at the London Literature Festival in October on a panel called The New Experimentalists at the Royal Festival Hall. As an artist I don’t think of myself as belonging to the literature field, even though I love writing, so it’s an interesting departure for me to be taking part in literary events as a result of having my novel length comic published. Experimental is a term that certainly describes the method, the content and my artistic approach to making Becoming/Unbecoming, so I won’t be short of things to say on this subject, however being included…

Bookstores

It’s really great that anyone wants to buy Becoming/Unbecoming at all so I don’t want to come over all holier than thou about it, but we all know that smaller, independent shops and publishers struggle and need our support. With this in mind, I’d like to highlight some of the many independent bookshops that are currently stocking Becoming/Unbecoming because I love indie bookstores, I always dreamed of owning one when I was young, and I’d like to encourage people to buy my book from them. I know it’s hard to resist the ease of buying books online, I often do it myself,…