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:

Durham Book Festival commission

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 a two year project with some research and development, some public participation and events and finally a full colour comic book, a fictionalised account of real lives in County Durham. The drawing here is one of a series that I made during the research when I visited the Just For Women Centre in Stanley, County Durham, where women meet to support one…

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 – Myriad Editions

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 and other products related to my work. I have a new range of limited edition posters and I’ll be adding more products in the next few weeks. Items are normally dispatched within 24 hours of your order. If I’m unable to send your item quickly, I’ll email you. Please make sure you select the correct postage for your product at checkout to avoid over payment. There is a list of shipping options for different items, 1st and 2nd class and international shipping. Contact me at una.comics@yahoo.co.uk if you have…

Commissions

  CSE Principles Project: International Centre: researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking. I’m working on a series of illustrations to accompany research undertaken by the University of Bedfordshire into CSE and service users, with the help of an advisory committee of young people who have an interest in the issue. I can’t show you any images yet, but this will be part of a national campaign to highlight the needs of young people who have experienced CSE and spread the research to workers in the police, social services, schools and colleges and health. I’ll post drawings here when the…

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…