Ariadne Cass-Maran on Using Graphic Fiction to Capture Your Favourite Place

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Ariadne Cass-Maran, one of this year’s My Favourite Place Community Volunteers, tells us about her favourite form of writing and how you can use graphic fiction to capture your favourite place and enter our competition!

As the Creative Director of Graphic Scotland and keen volunteer with the Scottish Book Trust, the idea of submitting graphic fiction to My Favourite Place fills me with no end of excitement. Volunteering has allowed me to advocate comics as a beautiful medium for a competition which is about conveying the deep emotional connections we feel to a particular place. My Favourite Place is all about getting people to write a bit more, and hopefully when people realise they can send in a comic if they want to, it will also include a huge bunch of writers and artists who are usually excluded from mainstream fiction competitions. Very jolly exciting indeed.

Graphic fiction has been moving away in recent years from its image of the child-like and the superhero-obsessed. Major publishers and indie creators alike are well aware that you can make a comic about anything. There's no better art-form to convey the tension between the personal and physical landscape than graphic fiction, where the only limits are the imagination of the writing and the scope of the art.

So, for the very first time, Scottish Book Trust and BBC Scotland’s new writing competition My Favourite Place will be accepting graphic fiction as well as more conventional forms of writing.

Comic makers as well as prose writers and poets will be given the opportunity to submit a short piece about their favourite place in Scotland. All submissions will be published on the Scottish Book Trust website, and a selection of the best of the bunch could be published in a print anthology or read aloud on BBC Radio Scotland.

Submissions Guidelines

Please submit digitally via email to myfavouriteplace@scottishbooktrust.com, with the subject line ‘Graphic Fiction’

Include the following with a two-page comic:

  • First Name, Last Name
  • Email
  • Location and postcode of story
  • Story Title

Please note that graphic fiction submissions should not be longer than two pages. They should be sent as jpegs, pngs or gifs and be a minimum of A4 300 DPI or at least 2480 by 3508 pixels in size.

Workshop

If you know any kids who love to draw and write, we’re running a free comic-making workshop at Looking Glass Books, on the Quartermile in Edinburgh on 17 July. This afternoon workshop will run from 2pm to 4pm. It's family-friendly and open to people of all ages.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your children, and we’ll provide art materials.