MARTIN ROWSON is a multi-award winning cartoonist, illustrator, writer and poet whose work over the past 35 years has appeared regularly in The Guardian, The Daily Mirror, The Times, The Spectator, The Morning Star, The New Statesman, The Scotsman, The Irish Times, The Erotic Review, The Racing Post, The New European and practically every other publication you can think of, apart from The Sun, who’ve never asked him.
Martin’s many books include comic book adaptations of The Waste Land, Tristram Shandy, Gulliver’s Travels and the Communist Manifesto and “Pastrami-Faced Racist”, his recently published slim volume of ranting verse! In 2017 a Daily Mail editorial about one of his Guardian cartoons described him as “disgusting… deranged… sick… and offensive.”
ALASTAIR LAURENCE, who is curating this series of talks at the Chapel, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot. In November, a project about the friendship of Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, is appearing on BBC 2.