I interviewed ex-BBC and freelance writer, Barbara Bloomfield, who turned to counselling and therapeutic arts in a career change and went on to write five books about relationships and society. Barbara has a diploma in family therapy, a master’s in creative writing and taught undergraduates for six years at Bath Spa University. She is a former chair of Lapidus International and currently co-editor of the Lapidus Magazine.
In part two of my interview with prize-winning graphic novelist Rachael Ball, she talks about effective dialogue, her experiences teaching art, her creative highs and lows, and the technical and imaginative work that goes into her art.
Reviewing Rachael’s The Inflatable Woman, Pipedream Comics called it, ‘A Timeless classic that people will read for many years to come.’
I interviewed cartoonist and art teacher Rachael Ball, whose first graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman, was listed as a Guardian Best Graphic Novel and one of Paul Gravett’s Top 10 British Graphic Novels for 2015. Amongst Rachael’s other graphic publications are, Wolf (Self Made Hero, 2018), and a work in progress, The Patsy Papers, which satirises her experience teaching in secondary schools, She also co-ordinates the London branch of ‘Laydeez do Comics‘, which promotes women in comics.
I interviewed Sue Hampton about her latest book Still Rebelling for Life. Sue describes herself on Twitter as: “Quaker, climate & peace activist, grandma, author of 40 titles for kids, teens & adults. BLM, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), refugees are welcome. Love wins.”
Leslie: How does this second collection build on or vary from REBELLING FOR LIFE?
I interviewed graphic novelist Graham Johnstone who has created some exceptional visual stories based on the lives of famous painters. In the first part of his interview, Graham talks about how he put together graphic novels about Vermeer, Uccello and Francis Bacon. He also describes Tangled Tales, his non-linear comicbook, which has been turned into an interactive electronic artwork.
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