Monday, 25 April 2011

News: Latitude Festival to Feature Graphic Novelists for the First Time!

One of the things we get most excited about is the continued integration of comics into the accepted arts and entertainment landscape. So, when the team behind music festival Latitude contacted us with the information that they would be including graphic novelists in the line-up of their literary arena for the first time, we jumped at the chance to help spread the word about it.

From Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th July, festival goers will be able to see the likes of British comics legend Bryan Talbot (Grandville, Alice in Sunderland), alongside William Goldsmith (Vignettes of Ystov), Julian Hanshaw (Observer/ Comica graphic short story prize winner 2008), and Guardian cartoonist Nick Hayes (The Rime of the Modern Mariner). With yet more guests to be announced, there’s plenty to be excited about.

We recently spoke with the festival's Arts & Special Events Promoter Tania Harrison about her decision to include graphic novelists for the first time:
It’s something I’ve consciously thought about and have wanted to do for a couple of years. I think there has been big growth in the world of graphic novels, and they’re very appealing to a large group of people who are music fans—a lot of our audience read graphic novels or comics in preference to traditional novels. 
Graphic novels are accessible to a lot of people, and that fits in with the mission behind Latitude—we’re looking at all art forms, of which graphic novels are very important. There’s a whole wave of really exciting graphic novelists out there and it’s only fair to include them at Latitude.
As well as confirming that there will be something every day for comic fans in the literary arena, she also dropped a few hints that there are still many great things to be announced. We recommend keeping one eye on the Latitude website for more information as it happens. Tickets can be purchased here, and the full/current line-up of acts and guests can be found here. See you there!

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