In 2017 Durham Book Festival commissioned acclaimed graphic novelist Una to create a graphic novel inspired by the people of Durham and its landscapes. Una spent time at the Just for Women Centre in Stanley and the women she met there inspired her latest book, Cree.
Una is an artist, academic and comics creator. Her self-published graphic narratives have explored disability, psychosis, political activism and violence against women and girls. She lives in Yorkshire. Becoming Unbecoming, her first graphic novel, was published by Myriad in September 2015.
Through image and text Becoming Unbecoming explores what it means to grow up in a culture where male violence goes unpunished and unquestioned. With the benefit of hindsight Una explores her experience, wonders if anything has really changed and challenges a global culture that demands that the victims of violence pay its cost.
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