Bloggin’ the blog

Last week was unusually busy for me on other blogs, so here’s a round-up:

First, Joe Gordon, editor of Forbidden Planet International was kind enough to offer the finalists in the First Fictions First Graphic Novel Competition the chance to guest on the Director’s Commentary series for a day each. Mine can be read here. I was quite pleased with the response to this with some new followers and positive noises.

Also, a podcast of the talk I did last November at Comics Forum/ Thought Bubble now appears here on the Graphic Medicine blog. As a result of this, and the image above, I was approached by Linda Humphreys MSc of Griffith University, Queensland, Australia. I’ve given her permission to use some of my work in her teaching materials for a reflective writing class taken by Genetic Counselling students. She currently uses Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies, so I’ll be in good company. I didn’t have a particular audience in mind when I created these images, but I’m happy that Linda suggests they might “stimulate student reflection and encourage empathy with the (illness) narratives of others.”

Finally, I wrote about my experiences of attending two Arvon Foundation writing courses for Paul Gravett‘s blog. Katie Green also contributed to this and you can read it here.

Stained glass window in the toilet at Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank, Yorkshire

The Hurst, Arvon Centre in Shropshire.