Kate Charlesworth Book Launch at Glasgow Women’s Library


Join Glasgow Women’s Library for the launch of acclaimed cartoonist Kate Charlesworth’s Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide—a stunning graphic memoir that presents a glorious pageant of LGBT history, featuring personal and political milestones from the 1950s to the present day. Peopled by a cast of gay icons such as Dusty Springfield, Billie Jean King, Dirk Bogarde and Alan Turing, and focusing on key moments such as Stonewall, Gay Pride and Section 28, Sensible Footwear is a milestone itself in LGBT history.

Kate Charlesworth is a cartoonist and illustrator living and working in Edinburgh, originally from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. After art college in Manchester she began work as a freelance illustrator in London where, along with David Shenton—as cartoonists accidentally documented L&G—she was part of (as it was then known) the ‘golden age’ of Gay publishing.

Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, indie comics, exhibitions and electronic media and she has drawn storyboards for Hot Animation and Aardman Animations. In 2014 she collaborated with Mary and Bryan Talbot—2012 Costa biography winners for their graphic novel Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes—to illustrate Sally Heathcote: Suffragette.

Set to be published on the 23rd July, Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide is a fascinating history of how post-war Britain transformed from a country hostile towards ‘queer’ lives to the LGBQTI+ universe of today, against a backdrop of Kate’s personal experience: realising her own sexuality, coming out, embracing lesbian and gay culture, love and loss.

‘The often hidden history of lesbians…comes alive through the vivid re-creations of acclaimed cartoonist Kate Charlesworth. Engagingly documents decades of changes in the LGBTQ+ life.’—Paul Gravett, The Bookseller

‘Newsworthy, covetable and will become a classic.’—Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women’s Library

‘Kate’s insightful work has illuminated and documented LGBTQ life—an important work.’—David Isaac, chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission

Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. They have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral.

This event is open to all and is free. Please book via the Glasgow Women’s Library website or call 0141 550 2267.