Satire and Protest - With Hannah Berry and Stephen Collins

Saturday 27 May
Literature Tent, Chapelfield Gardens
3 - 4pm
£8 / £80 weekend ticket

Join critically acclaimed graphic novelists Hannah Berry and Stephen Collins in conversation on satire, protest and the revolutionary potential of the graphic novel. Their discussion will be augmented by unique recorded content from Isabel Greenberg, author of The One Hundred Nights of Hero (the Observer as ‘a wondrously intricate book, and a witty attack on the patriarchy’). Hannah Berry’s anticipated third graphic novel, Livestock, is a razor-sharp satire on our relationship with the media. Stephen Collins' debut graphic novel, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Of The Year award and an Eisner Award. 

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'In conversation - How observation, surveillance and protest became dominant themes for the City of Literature programme'

About the writers

Hannah Berry is a Brighton-based graphic novelist, writer, illustrator and occasional lecturer. She was Booktrust’s seventh Online Writer in Residence and has been a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation’s Graphic Novel Writing course. Her first graphic novel Britten and Brülightly, begun while studying an illustration degree at the University of Brighton, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2008. It has been translated into Italian, Dutch, Serbian and French, with the French edition chosen as part of the official selection for the 2010 Angoulême International Comics Festival. Her second graphic novel Adamtine has just been published, also by Cape and she is currently working on a third, Livestock. She has exhibited work in solo and collective exhibitions and written for publications including New Statesman, Dazed & Confused and Huffington Post UK. Website

‘The…perfect marriage of soaringly beautiful drawing and writing that makes you want to jump up and down with euphoria’ – The Times

Top 10 uncanny graphic novels (Guardian, Dec 2015)


Stephen Collins is a cartoonist based in Hertfordshire, UK. His work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and he has a weekly comic in the Guardian Weekend magazine. In 2013 Jonathan Cape published his debut graphic novel The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Of The Year award and an Eisner Award. His collection of strips Some Comics was published by Jonathan Cape in October 2014. He is currently working on his second graphic novel, to be published by Jonathan Cape in 2017, which may or may not be called Bad Likeness. Website


Isabel Greenberg is a London based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel The Encyclopedia of Early Earth was published in 2013 by Jonathan Cape in the UK, Random House in Canada and Little Brown in the US. It has since been translated into French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. It was nominated for two Eisner awards, won the Best Book category at the British comic awards, was one of NPR's 100 books of the year, was the Guardian’s graphic novel pick of the month and was in the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list. Her second graphic novel The One Hundred Nights of Hero is released in September 2016. Website

‘Isabel Greenberg is clearly destined to make a big contribution to British comics.' - Starburst

Interview: Greenberg, Teagle & Berry (Off Life, 2014)

The River of Lost Souls by Isabel Greenberg (Guardian, Mar 2013)