“TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History": Book launch and discussion with Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee

Tuesday 13 February 2024, 11:00am to 12:30pm


The Welcome Centre, Bailrigg, United Kingdom, LA1 4YB

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All Lancaster University (non-partner) students, Alumni, Applicants, External Organisations, Families and young people, Postgraduates, Prospective International Students, Prospective Postgraduate Students, Prospective Undergraduate Students, Public, Staff, Undergraduates


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Event Details

We launch the graphic novel "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History", with artists Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee. Narrating the French Revolution from the perspective of the Black Haitian rebels, it decolonizes our most fundamental understandings of democracy.

Welcome to the launch of the acclaimed graphic novel "TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History", with artists Nic Watts and Sakina Karimjee. Adapting a play by Trinidadian revolutionary and intellectual C.L.R. James, it retells the story of the French Revolution from the perspective of the Black Haitian rebel army overturns the narrative that liberty was born in Europe, decolonizing our most fundamental understandings of modernity and democracy. The authors will share parts of the book and their creative process, discussing it with prolific graphic novelist Mary Talbot (Visiting professor of Graphic Narrative at the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University), Brian Baker (Senior Lecturer of English Literature and Creative Writing) Shakthi Nataraj (Lecturer of Sociology). There will be time for audience questions, and signed copies of the book will be on sale. This event is open to the public.


Brian Baker

Brian Baker is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, focusing on Gothic, fantasy fictions, graphic novels and spatiality, the post-war American short story, epic fantasy, Post-war American literature and culture, and bio-technological science fiction. He has published, widely on these topics, and his works include Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction (Santa Barbara and Oxford: ABC-Clio, 2005); Masculinity in Fiction and Film: Representing Men

Mary Talbot

Mary Talbot is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has published widely on language, gender and power, particularly in relation to media and consumer culture. She has held academic posts in higher education for over twenty-five years, mostly in England, but also in Wales and Denmark. Her recent academic work includes a third edition of Language and Gender (Polity 2019), a book that continues to be popular with university lecturers and students worldwide. In addition to academic work. Mary T

Nic Watts

Nic Watts is an illustrator, creating artwork for numerous fiction and non-fiction projects for both children and adults. From illustrating children's books "Stanley Bones and the Great Dinosaur Mystery" (Little Tiger Press & Grund), to working with UK based charities including NSPCC and FPA and for newspapers such as the Guardian.

Sakina Karimjee

Sakina Karimjee has a background in theatre; set and costume design, production and draughting. Working for companies such as Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre by the Lake. More recently turning her attention to adapting graphic novels, using her visual skills and understanding of storytelling to communicate with a reader rather than audience. She graduated with a degree in Theatre from Lancaster University in 2002.

Shakthi Nataraj


Shakthi Nataraj is a sociocultural anthropologist and a Lecturer of Sociology at Lancaster University. Her past research has been with on gender, language, and labour in queer, trans, and sex worker communities in India. She is currently pursuing research and public engagement projects exploring how participatory arts can be used to engage social theory concepts and facilitate community-led research. She also has an illustration practice called The Artful Anthropologist.

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