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:


  It’s here! My new book Cree. There is a limited edition set of 6 postcards to collect 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 it’s a beautiful book – colourful, an exercise in asymmetry, a special fold out centre and it’s based on real life stories of Stanley, County Durham. Cree is the result of a two year project with research and development, public participation, events and finally this full colour comic book….

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…