Laydeez Day Festival

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SATURDAY 24 March:
LAYDEEZ DAY FESTIVAL, Free Word Centre, London

Laydeez Review Sessions:  10.00am – 3.00 pm  – see below booking essential

Laydeez Lounge open to the public:  3.30-5.30pm
A chance to view all LDC Prize entrants in the form of zines. More details to follow.

VIPs only in Lounge:   6.00-8.00pm
A chance to view all LDC Prize entrants in the form of zines. Winner announcements and of course cake! More details to follow.

The Laydeez Award winner will be announced in the evening: 7pm

Laydeez Day Ends: 8pm


This will take part on the same day as the festival March 24 10 am to 3pm
The Astor Room -The Freeword Centre

The opportunity is now open for you to book a review with one of our Laydeez do comics Festival Reviewers. A total of 24 x 50 min sessions are available from a choice of 6 notable female cartoonists.
The review/ mentoring session will include advice on a practical and artistic level and will  also be an opportunity to ask for professional development advice.
Six of these sessions will be offered to the shortlisted entries as part of their prize. The cost of a review is at a heavily subsidised cost of £27 which has been made possible by our Arts Council funding. These reviews must be booked and paid for in advance and bookings are non-refundable. In the case of signing up and then being shortlisted, the payment will be refunded.
 Please book a place with one of the reviewers on a first come/ first served basis.


Rachael Ball is a cartoonist and workshops teacher.
Her graphic novel The Inflatable Woman (Bloomsbury) was a Guardian Best graphic novel 2015. Her 2nd graphic novel, Wolf is due out Sept 2018 (Self Made Hero.) She will be running a ‘Graphic novel your Life’ course at the HOI in August. She is also a coordinator for Laydeez do comics (London.)     IG: ballrachael    Twitter: @rachaelcartoons

Wallis Eates is an autobiographical and collaborative comics artist whose works have been shortlisted for the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel, and Broken Frontier awards. Her latest project, ‘Like an Orange’ is about the brain injury survivors she met through the charity Headway, and is due out with Unbound Books. She also coordinates Laydeez do comics (London branch.) Twitter: @walliseates

Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist and activist. Author of Red Rosa, and the award-winning graphic novel Threads from the Refugee Crisis. She has also written Funny Weather, a graphic guide to climate change, Copse, about environmental protest, The Food of Love, on breastfeeding and Bump, about pregnancy and birth. Facebook: Cartoon Kate Twitter: @cartoonkate

Karrie Fransman is a comic creator. She tells visual stories in books, newspapers, animations, sculptures and in virtual reality. She has published two graphic novels ‘The House That Groaned’ and ‘Death of the Artist’ (Penguin Random House). Her comics strips and graphic stories have been published by The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, The Young Vic, Psychologies Magazine, The Arts Council, The Goethe Institute and The British Red Cross.

Simone Lia has over twenty years experience working with image, text and story since studying illustration at the University of Brighton and then completing a Masters in visual communication at the Royal College of Art. Her graphic novels include Fluffy (2009, Jonathan Cape) and Please God, Find Me a Husband (2012, Jonathan Cape.) She creates a weekly comic strip for The Observer.

Una is an artist/writer. She has published a novel, Becoming/Unbecoming (2015, Myriad Editions) and a short story, On Sanity: One Day In Two Lives (2016). Becoming/Unbecoming has been critically acclaimed, adopted onto curricula and widely translated. Una is currently working on a graphic commission for New Writing North and a graphic novel for Virago.