A graphic novel about my experience of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004
Rinse, Spin, Repeat is a graphic memoir about my experience of surviving the tsunami that struck ten years ago - a day that changed my life forever.
In 2004, I set off on a once in a lifetime round-the-world trip with my boyfriend Matt. We had a wonderful time, but I missed my family, and was overjoyed when my mum and sister came out to meet us in Thailand. We spent a lovely Christmas Day together.
On Boxing Day we all set off for a day of kayaking. We were out in the ocean when I spotted something moving on the horizon. Seconds later the the first wave struck. I was separated from my family and battled for hours to get to safety, hanging on to the hope that I wasn’t the only one of us to have survived.
I use simple illustrations and concise text to unfold my experience of the devastating tsunami, and my thoughts and feelings through the confusion of the following hours and days when I was faced with pain, death and uncertainty. In the final chapter I reflect on the impact that the tsunami has had on my life over the last ten years.
Rinse, Spin, Repeat will capture the heart of anyone who has wondered how it’s possible to keep going when everything around you crumbles.
I will be donating 10% of my profits towards Music for Alice, a charity which funds groups and organisations to purchase musical instruments and equipment so that they can improve lives through music. Music for Alice focusses on organisations that support young people and those that use music for health or rehabilitation benefits. Every penny we receive is used to fund instruments that make a real difference to people’s lives.
Rinse, Spin, Repeat is in the post!
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
I'm bursting with excitement at the news that Rinse, Spin, Repeat has been published! Your copy is in the post and will be with you shortly.
You helped make this happen and I'd like to offer a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for your support, belief, patience and encouragement.
The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind. There was the excitement at opening…
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
I’ve handed it over. 112 ish A3 paper pages of drawings and 112 ish tracing paper pages of text.
That morning I felt like I was about to do my GCSEs + A levels + university finals all in one. I was so ridiculously nervous.
My timing and route choice to get to the unbound office were not so great. I had to navigate carefully through hundreds of tourists and several selfie sticks…
A little update
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
It's been a while since my last post, and life has changed immeasurably since then with the birth of our beautiful baby girl Posy Alice Hope.
I'm back drawing again, however unfortunately the publication of the book has been delayed, just by a few months to Spring 2016. I really am sorry about this and thank you for your patience; I'm mindful as ever that it is only because of…
It feels GREAT to be drawing again!
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
A long overdue update to all you brilliant brilliant people who are supporting my journey to become a published author!
I'm now busy working on the final version of the book and am absolutely loving spending part of my week engrossed in sketching and colouring again. It feels like I've come a long long way from this time last year when Rinse, Spin, Repeat first started taking shape as a graphic…
As the ten year anniversary approaches
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The first thing I want to say in my first blog post is a massive great big THANK YOU to all of you for pledging and for your support, encouragement and enthusiasm. I am delighted to say that Rinse, Spin, Repeat is now just over 2/3 funded (67%) and I have been truly overwhelmed by everyone's generosity.
In the lead up to the ten year anniversary of the tsunami next week I've been involved in a…
These people are helping to fund Rinse, Spin, Repeat.