Draw the Line

By Myfanwy Tristram

Over 100 comic artists present positive political actions anyone can take

Thursday, 22 August 2019

What's a raging granny?

As you will all know, since you have pledged for the book, the Draw The Line project contains more than 100 ideas, each illustrated by a comic artist, of actions you can take if you are feeling unhappy with the current political climate.

Once we had thought of all the more obvious actions, the Draw The Line team started researching more creative ones, and that's when we came across the concept of Raging Grannies, as depicted above by the wonderful Rachael Ball.

What is a Raging Granny? Well, they are an international movement. They are chapters of elderly women who use their innocuous looks -- blue rinses, twinsets and pearls -- to get into places where no-one would suspect that they are about to unleash havoc.

Raging grannies have been known to slip meekly into big board meetings, before disrupting them with satirical songs; and to visit an arms fair, dress the nuclear warheads up in knitted woolies and sing them lullabies.

I think this is one of my favourite Draw The Line actions, though the competition is obviously quite strong. It also goes down very well when I give a talk about the project -- but never before has it had quite the effect that I encountered last night after I spoke at the wonderful Bavard Bar in St Leonards.

I'd just sat back down when a lady approached me to say how much she'd enjoyed the concept of raging grannies and that she was thinking of becoming one herself. Whereupon another lady came up and said, 'if you're serious, I'm in too'. And then and there, eyes twinkling, they exchanged contact details.

All of which is just to say that... I think Draw The Line may just have had the very unexpected consequence of giving birth to the St Leonards chapter of the Raging Grannies. Which, as far as I'm concerned, if it comes off will quite possibly be the best result of the project yet.

Welcome to new pledgers

Another extremely welcome effect of last night's talk was that, overnight, another couple of people pledged, bringing us up to 40%. A big welcome, and thanks, if that was you -- and also to the seven people whose pledges came in while I was away on holiday earlier this month.

That we had the biggest recent influx of pledges while I was doing precisely 0 publicity just serves to deepen my confusion about what works and what doesn't, so if you are one of those people I'd love it if you could let us know what brought you here. We can be emailed from this page.

Whatever it was, my depeest thanks. And, as always, if you'd like the Draw The Line book in your hands as soon as possible, please do encourage friends, colleagues and family to make a pledge too.

All the best,


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 Myfanwy Tristram says:

Oh, also - I forgot to link to the two inspiring artists' work that I referenced at the start of yesterday's talk:
Olivier Kugler, who spoke directly to refugees and drew them while including snippets of conversation: https://myriadeditions.com/books/escaping-war-and-waves/

And Kate Evans' book Copse, about the Newbury bypass protest (it can't be bought any more, but Kate explains why very entertainingly on this page, where you can also see excerpts): https://www.cartoonkate.co.uk/copse/

posted 22nd August 2019

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