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Graphic Medicine at BSMS - comics to represent and connect our communities

Graphic Medicine at BSMS - comics to represent and connect our communities

Thursday 7 March 2024, 5pm

Organisers: Muna Al-Jawad, Bobbie Farsides and Ian Williams

This will be held in person at the BSMS Medical Teaching Building on the University of Sussex campus and attendance is free.

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About this event


Comics have grown as an art form of interest within the medical humanities over the last 20 years. Ian Williams coined the term “Graphic Medicine” about 15 years ago and BSMS has hosted 2 International Graphic Medicine conferences (in 2013 and 2019). Graphic medicine is of interest to comics artists, comics scholars and healthcare professionals. Those interested in the medical humanities as a way to represent the human stories of healthcare, as well as those interested in visual methods, are welcome. The speakers showing their work will particularly resonate with people interested in the patient experience of intensive care and delirium as well as parents, carers or healthcare professionals who look after autistic children.

Speaker bios

Eliza Fricker is an author and illustrator, and an advocate & consultant for PDA, autism and learning. She has published several books, including the Sunday Times Bestselling title Can’t Not Won’t, and the acclaimed autobiographical Thumbsucker released in November 2023. Eliza offers a range of support for parents and educators on navigating autism and education, including one to one consultations, webinars, presentations, a podcast, and the enduring original Missing the Mark illustrations & blog.

Zara Slattery is a comic artist, tutor and author of the award winning graphic memoir, Coma, pub. Myriad Editions 2021.  She is a steering committee member of the Society of Authors, Comic Creators Network and of the newly formed, Comics Cultural Impact Collective, advocating for better representation and funding for comic art creatives in the UK. 


4pm: Comics workshop - Muna Al-Jawad
This must be booked separately and is limited to 20 people. Please email if you want to book a place to the workshop.

5pm: Drinks/snacks/exhibition viewing    
5:30pm: Comics representing medical students - Ridhwaana Jarmal and Yasmin Tyson
5:50pm: Comics representing patients - Zara Slattery
6:10pm: Comics representing carers - Eliza Fricker
6:30pm: Comics representing doctors - Ian Williams
6:50pm: Comics representing researchers - Muna Al-Jawad
7:10pm: Questions and discussion - Bobbie Farsides
8pm: Finish

There will also be a graphic medicine exhibition throughout the event, featuring the work of up to 39 artists together with brief biographies and explanatory text.

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