Am I going to let this stand? An open letter to Zainab Akhtar of Shortbox comics.

Am I going to let this stand? No, I am not going to let this stand.  Zainab Akthar of Shortbox comics called me a “shitty racist white woman” and accused me of “white feminism” to her 14k followers on twitter. Defamatory Sundays, eh? It’s such fun isn’t it, calling people names on Twitter? Full of glee all the followers go “Ooh” they say “she’s a shitty white feminist!” Then they feel smug and proud of themselves because they are all on the same side, the right side and she is on the wrong side that shitty white racist feminist. People…

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.

Run for your life

Update alert! I’ll be running for charity on July 14th. Leeds Women’s Aid. It’s just a Fun Run (5k) but it’s my first ever race and I’d like you to sponsor me if you can, or share this post with someone who might. Here’s my GoFundMe. Let me know if you want me to run backwards, or dressed as a parakeet or whatever, I’ll do anything if it raises more money (Almost). Anyway, read my blog post below. It’s a good one. Watching the London marathon and all those amazing over achievers made me want to write about my own…

Cree

My latest book Cree (Mayfly Press, 2018) comes with a limited edition set of 6 postcards from Stanley, County Durham for readers who are quick off the mark. Commissioned by New Writing North and Durham Book Festival, this is the first time this organisation has commissioned graphic work, so it’s a real honour and a beautiful book – colourful, an exercise in asymmetry, a special fold out centre and based on real life stories of women in Stanley, a small town in County Durham. Cree is the result of a two year project with research and development, public participation, events and…