12 - 5pm
Including keynote addresses by three of the most acclaimed new graphic novelists working in Britain today - Karrie Fransman, Nicola Streeten and Mary Talbot - this symposium will explore representations of the body within contemporary comics.
With work published previously in The Times and The Guardian, Fransman’s new graphic novel, The House that Groaned, explores bodies and the spaces they inhabit in a manner that interweaves humour, pathos and the macabre. Co-founder of both the Beacon art project and Laydeez do Comics, Streeten’s graphic memoir Billy, Me &You, redefines the parameters of the medium, providing a harrowing, yet compelling and at times very funny account of grief and recovery. An internationally renowned scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power, Talbot is the author of the graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, which delves into social expectations, gender politics, and thwarted ambitions through an interweaving of personal memoir with the tragic biography of Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce.
Convened by Matt Green, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham. Nottingham Contemporary’s public programme is jointly funded by Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.