Peterloo: The Graphic Novel – Book Signing

Thursday 21 November – 18:00-19:30
Live Literature Room, Livesey House

Presented by;
Prof. Robert Poole, Professor of History (UCLan)

Guest Speakers;
Paul Fitzgerald
Eva Schlunke

This year saw the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, when in August 1819 a peaceful crowd of 50,000 reformers was attacked by armed cavalry in St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, resulting in 18 deaths and nearly 700 injuries. One stand-out among the many commemorations was the publication of the graphic novel, Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre, a highly-praised verbatim account closely based on historical sources.  

In this event, illustrator Paul and editor Eva Schlunke are joined by their co-author, UCLan historian Robert Poole, to explain how this ground-breaking graphic novel was put together. We will ask: is a book, a film, or a graphic novel the best way of conveying a big historical event to a wide audience? Signed copies will be available and original artwork will be on view.

Paul and Schlunke are Manchester-based illustrators and creative artists, and leading members of the Peterloo Memorial Campaign. Polyp’s works include the graphic novels The Co-opeartive Revolution and Speechless, a wholly visual history of the world. Robert Poole is Professor of History at UCLan and author of Peterloo: the English Uprising.

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