Kate Evans, author of graphic novel about Calais and the Refugee Crisis

When September 27, 2017, 7:00 PM
Where International House, 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte
Website https://www.versobooks.com/authors/1972-kate-evans
Speaker(s) Kate Evans
Registration Details & Deadlines
Cost $0.00
Who is Invited General Public
Parking Details Complimentary at International House

Artist and activist Kate Evans will speak on her recent book, Threads: From the Refugee Crisis, that has been called a “heartbreaking, full-color graphic novel of the refugee drama.”

“In the French port town of Calais, famous for its historic lace industry, a city within a city arose. This new town, known as the Jungle, was home to thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping, somehow, to get to the UK. Into this squalid shantytown, artist Kate Evans brought a sketchbook and an open mind. Combining the techniques of eyewitness reportage with the medium of comic-book storytelling, Evans has produced an unforgettable book, filled with poignant images—by turns shocking, infuriating, wry, and heartbreaking.

“Accompanying the story of Kate’s time spent among the refugees—the insights acquired and the lives recounted—is the harsh counterpoint of prejudice and scapegoating arising from the political right. Threads addresses one of the most pressing issues of modern times to make a compelling case, through intimate evidence, for the compassionate treatment of refugees and the free movement of peoples. Evans’s creativity and passion as an artist, activist, and mother shine through.”

Kate Evans studied English literature at Sussex University in Brighton where she became involved in political opposition to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Here she became associated with the SchNEWS DIY activist publication, editing and contributing artwork to several of its annual editions.

From 1995 to 1998, Evans dedicated herself to environmental activism, providing cartoon reportage from a tree house on the route of the Newbury Bypass for The Guardian newspaper.

Since 2000, Evans has produced a series of non-fiction graphic works on a variety of social and political topics.

Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, an account of the life and work of revolutionary socialist Luxemburg, was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2016.

Evans returned to comics journalism with the book Threads from the Refugee Crisis, reportage from the Calais Jungle. Threads was awarded the John C. Laurence Award from the Society of Authors in 2016.

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