Left to right, Alison Moore, Megan Taylor, Paula Rawsthorne, Shreya Sen Hadley, John Harvey, Suzi (Brick’s dog), David Belbin (reading for Alan Sillitoe RIP) and co-ordinator Sheelagh Gallagher. AWOL, as usual, Brick.
Playing to a packed house at Lowdham Book Festival last Saturday, contributors to the showcase of local authors known as These Seven had five minutes each to do whatever to promote both the anthology (published by Five Leaves) and Nottingham’s bid for UNESCO City of Literature. All except the token cartoonist read from their stories. Me, I used the time to make folk aware of the depth the city currently boasts in local practioners of the comics art form.
The following wordsmiths have all dipped a pinkie in comics writing, largely as a result of three national and international, locally-spawned projects – UNICEF Children’s Rights Comics, To End All Wars graphic anthology and the Dawn of the Unread on-line anthology. They be Nicola Monaghan, Alison Moore, Michael Eaton, Andrew Mulletproof Graves, Aly Stoneman, James Walker, Pippa Hennessey, David Belbin, Panya Banjoko, Ian Douglas, Adrian Reynolds, and Andrew Jadowski.
As for auteurs (writer/artists), their ranks include D’Israeli, INJ Culbard, Phillippa Rice, Luke Pearson, Steve Larder, Mike Raben White, Matt Crowe, Jamie Hewlett, and Brick. Three of these have been Eisner nominees in recent years.
The official launch is at the Nottingham Council House on 17th July. Contact Sheelagh Gallagher if you want in.