In Conversation: Posy Simmonds and Kate Charlesworth

A double bill featuring two of British comics most celebrated talents, in conversation with exhibition co-curator Paul Gravett.

When, Where

In the final weeks of Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective, comics expert Paul Gravett leads a conversation with Posy Simmonds and Kate Charlesworth, celebrating their parallel careers as illustrators and writers that occasionally coincided while cartooning for The Guardian.

Simmonds, Charlesworth and Gravett will all be available to sign books after the talk, copies of which will be available to purchase on the night in the House of Illustration shop.

Arrive early for an exclusive after-hours private view of the exhibition before it closes from 6-7pm.

About the speakers:

Posy Simmonds is one of the UK’s most celebrated cartoonist. She is best known for her long-running strips in The Guardian, children’s books like Fred and graphic novels Gemma Bovery, Tamara Drewe and Cassandra Darke. She lives and works in London.

Kate Charlesworth is an Edinburgh-base cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, indie comics, exhibitions and electronic media. Her new book, Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide, is a graphic memoir which also charts the arc of LGBT history (emphasis on the ‘L’) in the UK from 1950 to the present.

Paul Gravett (Chair) is a curator, lecturer, journalist and broadcaster whose work appears in The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Times Literary Supplement. He co-curated House of Illustration’s current exhibition Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective as well as our 2016 exhibition Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics. His latest book Posy Simmonds, part of Thames and Hudson’s Illustrators series, is the first to explore Simmonds’ life and work.

Important to know:

Please note that latecomers arriving after 7.15pm may not be admitted.

Please bring warm layers as the South Gallery is kept at a cool temperature to conserve the artwork on display.


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