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Today’s show: Rude Britannia!

June 9, 2010

Today on Resonance FM

Clear Spot: Rude Britannia!

Clockwise from left - excerpt from Tristram Shandy by Martin Rowson, entrance to the reading room in Rude Britannia at Tate Britain, Thatcher by Gerald Scarfe, zine by Josie Long

Clockwise from left - excerpt from Tristram Shandy by Martin Rowson, entrance to the reading room in Rude Britannia at Tate Britain, Thatcher by Gerald Scarfe, zine by Josie Long

Opening today at Tate Britain in London is the new exhibition ‘Rude Britannia’ which traces the history of British comic art from Hogarth to the present day. In this hour long Clear Spot, looking at the art on display and related topics, you’ll hear an extract of a tour of the gallery conducted by curator Martin Myrone, who with one of the contributors to the exhibition – Gerald Scarfe – is talking to Alex Fitch about the choices that went into curating the show and the crossover between fine art and ‘low brow’ satirical drawings.
Alex also talks to cartoonist Martin Rowson – who is currently exhibiting his illustrations for ‘New Humanist’ magazine at Menier Gallery (51 Southwark Street until June 12th) – about his adaptation of the humorous and experimental Eighteenth century novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman into graphic novel format and Dickon Harris chats to comedienne Josie Long about creating ‘zines and comics for distribution at her gigs and contributing comic strips to Alan Moore’s new magazine Dodgem Logic

8pm, Wednesday 09/06/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at

Links: Rude Britannia microsite
Video tour of the exhibtion on The Telegraph website
Gerald Scarfe’s website
Guardian archive of Martin Rowson’s cartoons
Info about Tristram Shandy at publisher Self Made Hero’s website
Josie Long’s website including her comics archive
Info about The Black Heart, home of Josie’s ‘Lost Treasures’…

Recommended events:


Since 2002 satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson has been drawing exclusive covers and illustrations for New Humanist magazine. Rowson’s acid nib has provided the perfect visual accompaniment to New Humanist’s cheeky godlessness. Show features more than 50 pieces from a unique collaboration truly made in hell.

8 Jun to 12 Jun

Menier Gallery , 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

COMICS AND MEDICINE: Medical Narrative in Graphic Novels

Confirmed keynote lectures by Paul Gravett, Brian Fies and Marc Zaffran

This one-day interdisciplinary conference aims to explore medical narrative in graphic novels and comics. Although the first comic book was invented in 1837 the long-format graphic narrative has only become a distinct and unique body of literary work relatively recently. Thanks in part to the growing Medical Humanities movement, many medical schools now encourage the reading of literature and the study of art to gain insights into the human condition. A serious content for comics is not new but representation of illness in graphic novels is an increasing trend. The melding of text and visuals in graphic fiction and non-fiction has much to offer medical professionals, students and, indeed, patients. Among the growing number of graphic novels, a sub-genre exploring the patients’ and the carers’ experiences of illness or disability has emerged.

Presentations will examine the development and trends evident in medically themed graphic fiction and manga, the relative strengths of the medium and the motivation behind its creation, whether by healthcare professionals, service users or carers. The use of ‘comics’ in medical and public education, and their role in health communication and scholarship will also be discussed.

17 June 2010

Institute of English Studies,
School of Advanced Study, University of London


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