30. March 2019 - 10:00 till 15:00
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Laydeez Reviews Sessions | Free Word Centre | Saturday, 30. March 2019

Laydeez Review SessionsSaturday 30 March 2019
The Freeword Centre, Farringdon, London
On the first day of the Laydeez Weekend Festival 2019 on Saturday 30 March, we are offering 50 minute one-to-one sessions to critically review your work with a leading practitioner. Your work does not have to be finished to participate and you can use the sessions for  professional advice or practical help too. The cost of the sessions are subsidised by funding received by Laydeez do Comics from Arts Council England and this year we have expanded this strand of our activity to make the expertise of 12 reviewers available to you. The sessions will be allocated on a first come first served basis and there is no limit to the number of sessions you may book. The review sessions are open to everyone, all genders.
Early Bird: £50/session. 
Late Bird: £75/session
All bookings must be completed in advance via the Eventbrite links
RACHAEL BALL’S first graphic novel, ‘The Inflatable Woman’ (pub’ Bloomsbury), was a Guardian Best graphic novel 2015. Her second GN ‘Wolf’ was funded by the Arts Council (pub’ Selfmadehero 2018), and has been described by Pipedream comics as a ‘timeless classic.’ She had an exhibition of Wolf at the Cartoon Museum in 2018. She has 16 years teaching experience, teaches workshops on creating auto bio graphic novels at the House of Illustration and teaches a course at The Art Academy. She is a co co-ordinator of the London branch of Laydeez do comics and has been interviewed on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and Resonance FM about her work. She is currently working on her 3rd graphic novel, ‘The Patsy Papers’ and a children’s book ‘Little Pea and the Robot.’
She started her cartooning career doing a monthly cartoon strip in Deadline comic..
Insta and twitter: @rachaelcartoons

HANNAH BERRY is an award-winning graphic novelist, cartoonist and comics creator, author of LIVESTOCK, ADAMTINE and BRITTEN & BRÜLIGHTLY, all published by Jonathan Cape. She is a regular contributor to various comics projects all around the world, and in 2018 was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and selected as UK Comics Laureate Berry is the author of three graphic novels that have all needed selling, and she has burnt very few bridges in doing so.
Twitter & Instagram: streakofpith
EMMA BURLEIGH won the 2018 Laydeez do Comics Prize for her graphic novel, a watercolour memoir exploring her relationship with her birth mother who relinquished her for adoption. She is passionate about the vibrant, glowing and mercurial qualities of watercolour, and she’ll bring her paints to offer watercolour support, demos and troubleshooting during your session if you’d like. She’s interested in giving visual form to sub-verbal, psychological states and her work has appeared in publications including The Strumpet, Resurgence & Ecologist, ­­­and Contemporary British Painting. She self publishes zines, teaches Comics, Watercolour and Mindful Art Journaling courses and co co-ordinates the Bristol branch of 'Laydeez do Comics'.
Facebook: emmaburleighartistTwitter: @emmaburleighInstagram: emmaburleighartist

WALLIS EATES started doing autobiographical comics a few years ago and was shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel award in 2014. Since then she has self-published her work to critical acclaim, and widened her remit to working in collaboration with others to share their stories. This has included survivors of brain injury, boxers and prisoners. She is currently working on ‘Like an Orange’ which is due out with Unbound books next year, and is crowdfunding ‘Wings’ about prison through Kickstarter. Wallis is also a London coordinator for Laydeez Do Comics.

Twitter and Insta #walliseates
KARRIE FRANSMAN is a comic creator. Her comics have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, the BBC, The New Statesman and by The Arts Council. She published two graphic novels with Penguin Random House; ‘The House That Groaned’, and the award winning ‘Death of the Artist’. She developed an award winning comic, ‘Over, Under, Sideways, Down’ about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross, created an installation for the British Council and Southbank Centre and was commissioned to make a ‘Selves Portrait’ for an exhibition with Manchester Art Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. She has spoken and run workshops worldwide for organisations including The Guardian Masterclasses, TEDx, Central Saint Martins, Oxford University, The Hay Festival, The Big Draw, House of Illustration and The British Library, and presented her work worldwide from Russia to Bangladesh, Lebanon and Mexico. 


EMILLY HAWORTH-BOOTH is an author and illustrator whose picturebook ‘The King Who Banned the Dark’ was a Guardian Children’s Book of the Month and a Sunday Times Book to Watch Out For.
Emily won the Observer/Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize in 2013 for her story ‘Colonic’, and her long-form graphic memoir about climate change, chronic fatigue syndrome and romantic comedies was shortlisted for the LDC Prize in 2017. She has taught the graphic novel courses at the Royal Drawing School for nine years and was recently described by a student as ‘the story osteopath’.
twitter @emilyhb
insta @emilyhaworthbooth
KRIPA JOSHI is the creator of Miss Moti, a plump brown character who blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Originally from Nepal, she studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York, with a Fulbright scholarship. In 2016 she started the Miss Moti-vation series, a weekly illustration of Miss Moti with a motivational quote. Miss Moti has been featured in BBC Women’s Hour, BBC Asian Network, the Guardian and other international publications. Her work has also been exhibited at the Lightbox, Transport Museum and at the House of Illustration as part of the Comics Creatrix exhibition. Kripa has co-edited the Strumpet, a transatlantic women’s comic anthology, and also conducted art and comic workshops for children.

SIMONE LIA is an award winning comic artist/illustrator/writer.  She has written and illustrated several children’s books and graphic novels, including Fluffy (Jonathan Cape) and They Didn’t Teach THIS at Worm School (Walker Books). She’s written comic strips for adults and children for numerous publications including The Independent on Sunday, The DFC, The Phoenix and she has a weekly strip The Simone Lia Cartoon in The Observer. Her comic paintings and drawings have been exhibited across Europe and galleries include The Tate Britain.

Twitter: simoneliadraws

SOFIA NIAZI is an artist and editor of OOMK Zine. She completed an MA in illustration at Kingston University. As part of OOMK, she currently runs a community risograph print studio in Newham, Rabbits Road Press, with studio mates Rose Nordin and Heiba Lamara. She employs various digital and hand drawn techniques in her work and explores themes relating to technology, politics and animals. Sofia has produced work for Kew Gardens, Barbican, Museum of London and The Guardian, amongst others.
instagram: @sofia_niazitwitter: @oomkzine

JANETTE PARRIS is a multidisciplinary visual artist whose creative practice investigates the contemporary urban experience, using narrative, humour and popular formats, including soap opera, stand-up comedy, musical theatre, cartoons, comics and animation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Tate Britain & Modern, I.C.A, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Kunsthaus Zürich, Hayward Gallery Touring, Art on the Underground, and was one of six lead contemporary artists selected for Museums at Night 2014. Her comic Arch was included in the British Library exhibition “Comics Unmasked” and is interviewed by artist Bob & Roberta Smith in Joy of Text, a recent broadcast from the BBC Radio 4 documentary series The Art of Now.

Brief Encounters – Janette Parris animation
BBC Arts Museums at Night 2014 - Janette Parris Cardiff Story Museum
BBC Radio 4 The Art of Now – Joy of Text
MATILDA TRISTRAM is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of graphic novel, Probably Nothing (Penguin 2014) and two children's books; Santa’s Beard and Reindeer’s Nose (Walker, 2015), and drawing books for adults, My Year in Small Drawings (Ivy Press, 2018) and Phone Book (Cicada Books, 2018). Her comic strips have featured in the Guardian, Vice, Glamour and Art Review. She has writing credits on numerous children’s television shows, and is currently on the writing team for Peppa Pig. She is a visiting lecturer in animation and script writing at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art.
instagram @matildatr

UNA Artist and writer. Author of Becoming Unbecoming (2015) On Sanity (2016) and Cree (2018). Currently working on a 200 page graphic novel for Virago Press and various commissions. Supported by Arts Council England, I have an Etsy shop, do public talks and creative writing/drawing workshops and often appear at literature and comics festivals. I’ve been on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour twice and will be on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking festival in April. I work full time as an artist but I have lectured in fine art, visual communication and illustration in three British art schools.
@unacomics on Insta, FB and twitter.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
18 and over.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Nearest tubes:
Farringdon, Barbican, Chancery lane
Nearest trains: Farringdon Rail, City Thameslink, Kingscross Thameslink
What can I bring into the event?
Please bring a small sample of your graphic novel in progress, a note pad and pen.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

What's the refund policy?
No refunds I am afraid.
However if you cannot make your session due to illness we may be able to arrange for a SKYPE review session at a later date.