Monday 1st May
14:00 - 15:30
Italian graphic novelist Igort (Igor Tuveri) spent almost two years in Russia, the Ukraine and Siberia to research The Ukrainian Notebooks (2010) and The Russian Notebooks (2011), both now in English and subtitled Life and Death Under Soviet Rule. Igort unlocks the darkest of memories, from first-hand witnesses and survivors of Stalin’s government-sanctioned famine of 1932, to the life and death of the journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya. In conversation with Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and curator, Igort discusses how: “Drawings can reveal their humble, hidden lives and illuminate the shadowy areas which probably the written word cannot tell.”
Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981, starting at pssst! magazine. He is the editor of various books including 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011). His latest book is Comics Art (2013/4).@paul_gravett
Igort is an Italian comics artist and illustrator. He has written 13 graphic novels and been published in fifteen languages. The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks, his latest book to be translated into English, is a collection of two harrowing works of graphic nonfiction about life under Russian foreign rule.