Lavender Menace Returns with Kate Charlesworth at Lighthouse Bookshop


As part of Pride Week celebrations, Kate Charlesworth will be talking at Lighthouse – Edinburgh’s radical bookshop. The event will feature in a selection of workshops and talks arranged by the bookshop as part of their Lavender Menace pop-up.

This event will be the first public peak of her new book, Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guidethe first graphic history documenting lesbian life from 20150 to the present day.

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, published by Jonathan Cape.

‘Sensible Footwear is a stunning achievement –  as a graphic study of LGBT history, and as a memoir of growing up gay in the 1950s onwards.  Kate’s fluid and tellingly detailed drawing reveals not only the frustrations and traumas of lesbian life, but also the laughter and camaraderie… and a glorious cavalcade of gay icons.’—Posy Simmonds.

Lighthouse is an independent community bookshop on the radical left, politically engaged and socially conscious. They celebrate diversity of thought and expression, championing voices from the margins.

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