This March, we're celebrating women graphic novelists in honour of International Women’s Day on the 8th. As part of our spotlight on Kate Evans, the creator of the cult hit Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg, we present the inaugural Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop and a giveaway competition where you can win a limited edition Rosa Luxemburg tote bags containing a copy of Red Rosa, The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg and The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg. Listen to the podcast to answer the questions below, and read on to find out how to enter!
On the podcast, Kate Evans joins writer and editor Sophie Mayer to examine the radical origins of International Women's Day, Rosa Luxemburg's revolutionary life and work in the international socialist movement, and her enduring legacy.
Their wide-ranging discussion delves into Kate's decision to use the graphic novel form to open up subject’s intellectual world to a new audience, grounding Luxemburg’s ideas in the realities of a complex and inspirational life. Kate and Sophie also explore her particular pen & ink style and mise-en-page, looking at the pages from Red Rosa reproduced below for you to read alongside the discussion (click the thumbnails to download PDF copies of the four pages).
To win a limited edition Rosa Luxemburg tote bag containing Red Rosa, The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg and The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, answer the questions below:
1) Which Shakespeare play does Kate Evans have Rosa Luxemburg quoting twice in Red Rosa?
2) Which character is suggested as the subject of a potential Red Rosa spin-off comic?
Please send your answers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 p.m. GMT, Friday 11 March.
Kate Evans is a cartoonist, artist, and activist. She is the author of numerous books and zines; her latest work is Threads, a cartoon in response to the crisis at Calais. Visit cartoonkate.co.uk and @cartoonkate.
Sophie Mayer's most recent book is Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2015). She is a writer, editor, poet and curator with the queer feminist collective Club des Femmes and campaigners Raising Films. Visit sophiemayer.net and @tr0ublemayer.