Sunday, September 28, 2014

meet the editors: sarah laing

Sarah Laing is an award-winning fiction writer, graphic designer and cartoonist. Random House has published a book of her short stories and two novels, her latest one, The Fall of Light, encapsulating a graphic novella.
Coming Up Roses, Sarah LaingDead People's Music: A Novel, Sarah LaingInside a Pomegranate, Sarah Laing

She also has a publisher of her comics, Pikitia Press, who have released 5 issues of Let Me Be Frank. of Let Me Be Frank #5 Image of Let Me Be Frank #1Image of Let Me Be Frank #4

She has designed and illustrated many book covers and books for publishers including Random House, Edinburgh University Press, Seraph Press and VUP, and has been a winner and finalist in the BPANZ book design awards, as well as the Best Design Awards. She won the 2006 Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition. Most recently she designed and illustrated Te Papa Press’ The Curioseum, an anthology that included twenty-two New Zealand authors including Margaret Mahy, Bill Manhire and Joy Cowley. She has recently been involved in designing literary journals for The Michael King Writers’ Centre and the Auckland Council’s migrant women and migrant youth creative writing programmes. She has held three literary residencies: the Buddle Findlay Sargeson residency and The Michael King Writers’ Centre and University of Auckland residency. She has presented at literary festivals both locally and internationally, in Beijing, Shanghai and most recently the 2014 Australia New Zealand This Way Up festival in London.

She has maintained a popular comics blog since 2010, inspiring other women to draw comics, and gaining a significant social media profile. She is involved in both the literary and comics community in a grassroots level, talking to community groups and to libraries, taking workshops, appearing on panels, and selling her comics at zine festivals, Armageddon and craft fairs. 

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