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A Puff of Smoke
Digging a Hole


TELLING STORIES: the power of sequential art


Monday, 7 February, 6.30-8pm


Tuesday, 8 February, 10am-4pm (1 hour lunchbreak)

Talk Description

Stories have the power to affect the way we see the world. Visual storytelling can be even more impactful, empathetic and accessible as a multi-layered experience. Sharing our own experiences and those of others in the sequential format of the graphic novel can help us and others make sense of our place and identity in the world.

In this talk Sarah will uncover how she finds and shares stories by exploring her influences, methods and research with examples from past and present publications including ‘A Puff of Smoke’ and ‘Stan and Nan’.

Workshop Description

Guided through a series of exercises, participants will explore the power of visual storytelling by developing and adapting their own memories into visual narratives. The stories will be collated into a short zine.

Top left - A Puff of Smoke
Second left - Digging a Hole
Bottom left - Decommunisation


Sarah Lippett

Sarah Lippett

Sarah Lippett is a UK based artist and author. Her first graphic novel, Stan and Nan, won the Quentin Blake Prize for Best Narrative at the Royal College of Art and was published in 2016 by Jonathan Cape, becoming a Guardian bestseller and 2016 Book of the Year. Her latest autobiographical work, A Puff of Smoke was published by Jonathan Cape in November 2019 and was supported by an Arts Council England Literary grant. The memoir became an Observer graphic novel of the month, a Guardian graphic novel of 2019, and received accolades from the Herald, It’s Nice That and Eye On Design. Alongside her long form works, Lippett creates socio-political reportage comics focused on the stories of diverse communities in locations across the UK and abroad.

She lectures in Illustration at the University of Edinburgh, and delivers talks on her practice to a variety of audiences both in the UK and internationally.


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