The professor and I were slated for the second half of the evening. The first half saw Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt talking about their project Brighton: the Graphic Novel along with Ottilie Hainsworth and Jaime Huxtable, two of the 28(!) writers and illustrators involved in this fascinating and energetic collaboration. As well as the sneak peeks into the beautiful array of styles in the book, it was great to hear about the community publishing structure standing behind the Brighton: the Graphic Novel project, and making it possible.
After a networking break, complete with the eponymous Laydeez cakes, it was time for our talk: INTERSECTIONS: Crossings of genres, traditions and media.
Moving back and forth between the two of us, Prof Matt spoke of his work in Gothic traditions and how that crosses-over with aspects my work, whilst I discussed those aspects in more detail. In particular we looked at the fictionalising of biography, and of how, for me, this is much more a calculated writing device than an emotional indulgence or cathartic release.
Laydeez Do Comics really is a very remarkable affair. As always, the debate between audience and speakers was lively and thought-provoking. We had a lovely and fascinating evening, and very much look forward to the next time!*
*The Professor and I will be talking again at Laydeez Do Comics, this time in Leeds, as part of the Yorkshire Festival, next Monday (March 31st, 2014).