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  • Listen: Europe through comics

    Reframe panel

    Bringing together pioneering comic artists from Algeria, Turkey and the UK, Reframe is an exhibition of artworks exploring contemporary attitudes to Europe. In this panel discussion to celebrate the launch of the exhibition at Free Word Centre as part of Comica festival, Algerian artist Soumeya Ouarezki, Turkish artist Murat Mıhçıoğlu, British artist ILYA, translator Canan…Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Naz Tansel

    Naz Tansel

    Naz Tansel is one of nine emerging artists from Algeria, Turkey and the UK who have created a series of new artworks for Reframe, an exhibition of comics exploring contemporary attitudes to Europe. We invited her into the Free Word Writers' Room to talk about Turkey's love of comics and her collaborative contribution to the exhibition. Read more

  • Comics from Reframe

    Reframe logo

    Our autumn exhibition, Reframe, features art from pioneering comic artists from Algeria, Turkey and the UK. We'll be showcasing all the artwork here on our website over the next few weeks. Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Daniel Locke

    Daniel Locke image

    Daniel Locke is one of nine emerging artists from Algeria, Turkey and the UK who have created a series of new artworks for Reframe, an exhibition of comics exploring contemporary attitudes to Europe. We invited him into the Free Word Writers' Room to talk about his lifelong passion for comics and why the Brits think of Europe mainly as somewhere to go on holiday. Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Sofiane Belaskri

    Sofiane Belaskri comic strip

    Sofiane is one of nine emerging comic artists from Algeria, Turkey and the UK who have created a series of new artworks for Reframe, an exhibition of comics exploring contemporary attitudes. We invited him into the Free Word Writers' Room to talk about his love for comics, how he works, and what Europe looks like from another continent. Read more

  • Protests in Turkey: A Comic Response

    Leman cover

    In the third of a series of posts on the unrest in Turkey, our Translator in Residence Canan Marasligil looks at the important role comics have to play as a satirical counterpoint to the mainstream media - and reviews how the four prominent publications have covered the last week of protests. Read more

  • The Week in Ideas, 17th May 2013

    Obama is under fire for seizure of phone records from Associated Press.

    A translation sweat shop, seized phone records and a sexualised princess. Plus, Anne Frank isn't porn. We round up some key ideas in literature and free speech from the week gone by. Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Mei Matsuoka on Children’s Books

    Mei Matsuoka

    Writer and illustrator Mei Matsuoka is the author of 'Footprints in the Snow' and many other books for children. She's also a tutor on Arvon's 'Writing for Children' course. We spoke to her about the unique challenges of writing for a young audience, the differences between English and Japanese storytelling, and why people are wrong to think degrees in the arts "are a cop-out". Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Canan Marasligil on Translation

    Canan Marasligil

    Fresh off the train from Amsterdam, Canan Marasligil starts her time as one of our Translators in Residence this month. We caught up with her to talk about her passion for comics, and the cultural barriers between Turkey and the UK. Read more

  • ‘Metro’ Republished: Is Censorship Departing or Arriving in Egypt?

    Magdy al Shafee holds a copy of his graphic novel 'Metro'.

    The 2008 graphic novel ‘Metro’, banned under the Mubarak regime, has been republished in Egypt. Heather McRobie asks what its disaffected protagonist Shihab might make of the tumultuous years since the revolution. Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Karrie Fransman on Comics

    Karrie live-draws at Comica Festival

    Each week we speak to someone close to Free Word with a story to tell. Karrie Fransman quit her job in advertising to become a maker of comics, and has since found success making strips for newspapers, publishing her own graphic novel and being notoriously inventive with the medium. Currently making plans with Canan Marasligil, one of our Translators in Residence, for a programme in 2013, we caught up with Karrie to ask about her work, reading habits, and plans for the future. Read more

  • Tunisia’s Graphic Revolution

    Sidi Bouzid sign

    The graphic novel Sidi Bouzid Kids attempts to articulate the realities and concerns of the Tunisian youth who mobilised in last year’s revolution. But while the graphic novel is warmly received in Tunisia, the real town of Sidi Bouzid is tense with post-revolutionary skirmishes. Tunisia’s recent history is continually re-drawing itself in art – from graphic novels to rap – but the lines of free speech are also being re-drawn, and not always in artists’ favour. Read more

  • Writers’ Room: Hannah Berry on Comics

    Hannah Berry

    Graphic novellist Hannah Berry is blogger-in-residence at Booktrust, and a tutor on the Arvon Foundation's graphic novel writing course. We met up amongst the bustle of the Free Word cafe to chat about reading, writing and drawing comics. Read more