PEN Lecture – An Evening with Graphic Artists Pat Armstrong and Nicki Greenberg

The Tasmanian Writers’ Centre is hosting an evening with award-winning graphic novelist Nicki Greenberg and political commentary comic designer Pat Armstrong, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival 2015.

Pat Armstrong
In early 2014, millionaire Graeme Wood pulled the funding to his experiment in Australian web-journalism, the Global Mail. The final piece that was published on the website was the extraordinary comic “At Work Inside Our Detention Centres: A Guard’s Story”, a piece was developed from a series of interviews with workers from Australian detention centres. Pat Armstrong (Sydney) was the designer for the team, and one of the instigators of the Walkley-nominated story. As part of the Tasmanian PEN lecture, Pat will be giving a fascinating insight into the process of producing an incredibly moving story in an unusual medium, as well as some of the difficulties experienced in journalism in dealing with stories about detention.

Nicki Greenberg
Award-winning Nicki Greenberg (Melbourne) has written and illustrated a slew of children’s books as well as two well loved graphic novels published by Allen & Unwin – The Great Gatsby, and Hamlet; an imaginative and lavish 425 page “staging on the page” adaptation of Shakespeare’s loved play. Nicki will talk about the arduous process of adapting Hamlet to the page.

PEN – which stands for “Poets, Essayists and Novelists” was founded in 1921 by English novelist Amy Dawson Scott. PEN celebrates the power of the pen – fighting censorship and upholding freedom of expression. PEN lectures aim to defend the freedom of expression and celebrate literature.

Ticket costs include a $5 donation to PEN. Tickets via Eventbrite here. Event will be held at Ten Days on the Island, 71 Murray Street, Hobart.