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HCID Research Seminar: Making "Parables of Care" - Presenting creative responses to dementia care in comic book form



Speakers: Dr Simon Grennan, University of Chester

Series: HCID Research Seminars

Seminar Abstract:

This seminar will discuss the practical rationale, theorisation and production of "Parables of Care", a new 16 page colour comic book, which presents creative responses to dementia care, as told by carers, derived from a group of existing case studies available at "Parables of Care" is an impact project of HCID and the University of Chester, UK and Douglas College, Canada. Distributed as free hard copies and a free download to carers and those engaged in debates about dementia care, the book investigates the ways in which specific habits of reading comics can be activated in order to engage readers emotionally, as well as informatively, concerning the challenges of caring for people with dementia.

About the speaker:

Dr Simon Grennan is a scholar of visual narrative and graphic novellist. He is author of "A Theory of Narrative Drawing"(Palgrave Macmillan 2017) and "Dispossession" (one of The Guardian Books of the Year 2015), a graphic adaptation of a novel by Anthony Trollope (Jonathan Cape and Les Impressions Nouvelles 2015). He is co-author, with Roger Sabin and Julian Waite, of "Marie Duval" (Myriad 2018) and "The Marie Duval Archive" ( and co-editor, with Laurence Grove, of "Transforming Anthony Trollope: 'Dispossession', Victorianism and 19th century word and image" (Leuven University Press 2015), among others. Since 1990, he has been half of international artists team Grennan & Sperandio, producer of over forty comics and books. Dr Grennan is Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Chester and Principal Investigator for the two-year research project "Marie Duval presents Ally Sloper: the female cartoonist and popular theatre in London 1869-85", funded by an AHRC Research Grant: Early Career (2014).

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When & where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 17th November 2017

A214 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom