The Week in Ideas, 17th May 2013
A translation sweat shop, seized phone records and a sexualised princess. Plus, Anne Frank isn't porn. We round up some key ideas in literature and free speech from the week gone by.
Writers’ Room: Mei Matsuoka on Children’s Books
Writer and illustrator Mei Matsuoka is the author of 'Footprints in the Snow' and many other books for children. She's also a tutor on Arvon's 'Writing for Children' course. We spoke to her about the unique challenges of writing for a young audience, the differences between English and Japanese storytelling, and why people are wrong to think degrees in the arts "are a cop-out".
Writers’ Room: Canan Marasligil on Translation
Fresh off the train from Amsterdam, Canan Marasligil starts her time as one of our Translators in Residence this month. We caught up with her to talk about her passion for comics, and the cultural barriers between Turkey and the UK.
‘Metro’ Republished: Is Censorship Departing or Arriving in Egypt?
The 2008 graphic novel ‘Metro’, banned under the Mubarak regime, has been republished in Egypt. Heather McRobie asks what its disaffected protagonist Shihab might make of the tumultuous years since the revolution.
Writers’ Room: Karrie Fransman on Comics
Each week we speak to someone close to Free Word with a story to tell. Karrie Fransman quit her job in advertising to become a maker of comics, and has since found success making strips for newspapers, publishing her own graphic novel and being notoriously inventive with the medium. Currently making plans with Canan Marasligil, one of our Translators in Residence, for a programme in 2013, we caught up with Karrie to ask about her work, reading habits, and plans for the future.
Tunisia’s Graphic Revolution
The graphic novel Sidi Bouzid Kids attempts to articulate the realities and concerns of the Tunisian youth who mobilised in last year’s revolution. But while the graphic novel is warmly received in Tunisia, the real town of Sidi Bouzid is tense with post-revolutionary skirmishes. Tunisia’s recent history is continually re-drawing itself in art – from graphic novels to rap – but the lines of free speech are also being re-drawn, and not always in artists’ favour.
Writers’ Room: Hannah Berry on Comics
Graphic novellist Hannah Berry is blogger-in-residence at Booktrust, and a tutor on the Arvon Foundation's graphic novel writing course. We met up amongst the bustle of the Free Word cafe to chat about reading, writing and drawing comics.
Upcoming Event: We Have a Voice!
Thu 23 May 2013
Free Word Lecture Theatre
Join a chorus of young people at the Free Word Centre to celebrate the power of storytelling! Free Word’s Translator in Residence Canan Marasligil has been running a series of creative workshops with three schools in Islington throughout the spring, exploring storytelling in all its forms. From comics to recipes, poems to fairytales, young people from Islington Arts…
Past Event: Laydeez Do Comics
Mon 20 May 2013
The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop
Join our Translator in Residence Canan Marasligil as she speaks at this month's Laydeez Do Comics at Foyles Bookshop in London. A celebration of women who are writers, illustrators, comic makers and graphic artists of all stripes, the evening is open to all. Entry is free, but contributions are welcome for drinks and cake. Register your place here. This…
Past Event: Comics: Reaching the Parts Other Literature Can’t
Mon 19 Nov 2012
Free Word Lecture Theatre
Graphic novelist and Booktrust online writer in residence Hannah Berry ('Britten and Brulightly', 'Adamtine') invites you to try a comic or two on for size. In association with Comica Festival, Hannah and Paul Gravett will be in conversation with some of the country's best graphic novelists. On 19 November 2012, you can see Simone Lia ('Fluffy', 'Please God, Find Me A…