Over the Line

Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics

1st Sep – 31st Oct 2015

This exhibition draws on an exciting new anthology Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics (launched at the exhibition), which explores the interaction between poetry and sequential art, including works by Lorraine Mariner, W.N. Herbert, Chris McCabe, John Aggs, Ivy Alvarez, Sophie Herxheimer, Sean Azzopardi, John Canfield, Oliver East, Inés Estrada, Amy Key, Cristian Ortiz, Rob VonRamm, Conor Stechsculte, Lala Albert, Tim Bird, Douglas Noble and many more.

Both the exhibition and the anthology were curated by poet Chrissy Williams and artist Tom Humberstone. The book is published by Sidekick Books, with support from the Arts Council England, and has been designed as an introduction to Poetry Comics, exploring the two mediums and showcasing the work of both existing and new practitioners.  

The term “Poetry Comics” has been in use at least since the New York School poets started experimenting with poetry and sequential art in the 1960s, and particularly after a book called Poetry Comics by Davie Morice was published in 1980. However, it has always remained on the fringe of both comics and poetry. There has been a resurgence of interest in the form in recent years however, and we hope this exhibition, along with the book, will open a door into this fascinating hybrid artform. Start your journey into Poetry Comics here!

Copies of the book, Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics, will be available for purchase from The Poetry Café throughout the exhibition.

Book now for the Poetry and Comics workshop

Book now for the all-day Poetry and Comics workshop with Chrissy Williams, a hands-on introduction to the subject, with writing, visual exercises and making. This will be held in The Poetry Café,  Saturday 5 September 2015, 11 am – 5 pm.

Launch event

The opening event of the exhibition and launch of the anthology was held on 3 September at The Poetry Café, with readings and contributions from Chrissy Williams, John Aggs, Amy Key, Chris McCabe, Sophie Herxheimer.

Photos from Over the Line exhibition opening and book launch