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Marie Duval: Rediscovering a Maverick Victorian Cartoonist – the story told by novelist and scholar Simon Grennan


Simon Grennan, graphic novelist and scholar of narrative drawing, will be telling the exciting story of the rediscovery of the work of maverick Victorian cartoonist, Marie Duval.

Simon’s popular graphic novel ‘Dispossession’ was one of The Guardian Books of the Year 2015. Since 2014, he has been working with a small team to bring to public view the extraordinary work of forgotten Victorian cartoonist, Marie Duval, who, between 1869 and 1885, more or less invented the comic strip in English. This talk tells the story of her life and loves, stage acting career, erasure from history and rediscovery. After 130 years, Marie Duval again takes flight!

After the talk, there will be a book signing for Grennan’s charming picture book ‘Marie Duval’, a compilation of Duval’s work.