Spotlight: Paula Knight

We are expecting to see an absolutely fantastic bunch of exhibitors at Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2017. As usual, there will be a good mixture of familiar faces and new names. If you love someone’s work, please make sure that you tell them so. It’s this kind of support which keeps us all going!

This year we will be following our own advice, and having our first Spotlight. This is a selection of exhibitors who we really don’t want you to miss. We have taken time to ask them some probing questions about creativity and life and they have been kind enough to share their thoughts and feelings.

BCZF Spotlight: Paula Knight

What are you reading?

I usually have two or three books on the go in different areas of my home:

Bath: Amy & Isabelle by Elizabeth Strout

Bed: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Living Room: Creativity and the Childbirth Metaphor by Susan Stanford Freedman (an essay – background reading for an upcoming talk).

Early bird or night owl?

Naturally an early bird, but having ME has thrown all that to the wind. And I never work way into the night for the same reason – darkness is there for very good biological and health purposes. It means go to sleep or you’ll do yourself a mischief.

What’s on your headphones at the moment?

Headspace mindfulness app – I’m working my way through their pain management programme.

Where do you work best?

At home alone in my studio – but I find that walking helps to iron out creative problems.

Who is your art/creative hero?

So many to choose from! Probably Tove Jansson – she was equally talented with words and/or pictures.

If you could deliver one piece of advice to your 14 year old self, what would it be?

Drink less, eat more healthily and sleep more over the next ten years – it might stop you from getting glandular fever, after which your health will never be the same again. On a related note, don’t drink that big bottle of cheap rough cider that you and April will buy from the corner shop next year – it will end in a very sorry vomiting episode, after which your mum will be very cross and make you drink milk before every time you go out in future.

Who should we be following on twitter/Instagram?

Twitter: @GraphicMedicine (the intersection of comics and medicine)

IG: @nicolast.reeten (posting some lovely comics about menopause)

How long have you been making zines/comics?

I started ten years ago, then stopped and started again in 2010. 7-10 years.

Weapon of choice

Dip pen with G-nib (Serves as both drawing tool and weapon – I know this from experience.)

Recommended zine/comic

In Between by Mita Mahato

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Paula will be signing her new book The Facts of Life at the Communal table from 11.30 – 12.30

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