Eastwood project to bring Lawrence to life in comics

MP Gloria De Piero with Dylan Calder, director of children's literature agency, Pop Up Projects.
MP Gloria De Piero with Dylan Calder, director of children's literature agency, Pop Up Projects.

An exciting education project that will bring Eastwood icon DH Lawrence to life in comic books has been backed by MP Gloria De Piero.

Entitled ‘Eastwood Comics’, the project will see youngsters from Hall Park Academy in the town working with university students, graphic novelists and literature experts.

Together they will produce professionally printed comics that will explore the life, work and times of renowned writer and poet Lawrence (1885-1930).

Ms De Piero, MP for Eastwood and Ashfield, has written a letter of endorsement for the project, supporting its bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

She said: “I was thrilled to hear about ‘Eastwood Comics’ because I have long felt that Eastwood should be doing more to engage with and promote DH Lawrence and his legacy.

“This could be a life-changing opportunity for the pupils involved, who will be given an invaluable insight into publishing, literature, illustration and creative arts.

“I look forward to seeing how the project unfolds over the coming months and what amazing comics are produced at the end, should the funding be secured.”

The project is a partnership between Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, children’s literature agency Pop Up Projects, three Lawrence heritage organisations, including the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, and education partners Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, as well as Hall Park.

Twenty-four youngsters, including 12 from Hall Park, will work in teams to produce their own comic over nine months, looking at Lawrence, the times he lived through and parallels to the modern day.

They will have access to real historical artefacts, including writing and paintings by Lawrence, and their comics will be printed by a London publisher, to be made available for the public to buy.

The comics will be presented at a conference about engaging young people with literary heritage, which will be held locally next summer.