Eastwood Comics: Bringing D.H. Lawrence to life

In 2019, Pop Up and Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature (NUCoL) are bringing the work of author D.H. Lawrence to life!

24 talented young writers and artists – all students at Hall Park Academy (in Lawrence’s birth town of Eastwood), Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham (where Lawrence studied to become a teacher) – are creating comics inspired by the life, works and times of this world-renowned and often controversial author.

They are being mentored by three amazing graphic novelists: David Hine, Luke Healey and Rachael Ball. And their final stories will be published by graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero, and made available to the public for free as a boxed-set of six comics. The comics will be launched at Page 45 comics bookshop in Nottingham in the autumn.

Throughout the project, they’re developing their research skills and knowledge of local history through working closely with  the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood, and University of Nottingham’s D.H. Lawrence Collection (in Special Manuscripts and Collections) and D.H. Lawrence Research Centre, as well as Nottingham Trent University.

As well as this, the students will curate an exhibition at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum and create a public art installation in Eastwood.

The project comes to an end in the autumn with a two-day youth symposium in Nottingham, which will explore other brilliant  creative heritage learning projects from other writers’ house museums across the world.