Seeing Poetry: Poetry in Words and Comics is a collaboration between acclaimed poet Clare Shaw (Bloodaxe 2006, 2012) and illustrator Louise Crosby.

Louise illustrates poetry by Clare Shaw in comics form.

Poetry in Words and Comics

In Spring 2014 they were awarded a grant from Arts Council England. This has enabled them to produce two mini books Poem From A Bus Shelter and You’d Start With A Page, and a webcomic She Waited Half Her Life To Write This.

Each of these illustrates one poem originally published by Bloodaxe books. They aim to produce a full-length illustrated book in the future.

Louise also is experimenting by illustrating her own poetry.

Two of these have been Riso printed as small folded zines. Her latest comic Blue Morning will debut at Comica Comiket Spring 2016. It is a political abecedarian poetry comic Riso printed and hand stitched.

Clare and Louise also collaborate on other projects.

They are presently documenting a community arts project, Mechanics at Home using poetry and comics. The project is based at Mechanics Institute, Burnley and is funded by ACE & DLCG.

Louise Crosby also runs Laydeez do Comics, Leeds a group that has been running since November 2011.

Highlight Of the Comiket 

Louise Crosby: Blue Morning

Blue Morning is Abecedarian Poetry comic about all things blue.
What would you choose for each letter, A? B? C? The book celebrates all these blue things, until one May morning, that to so many people, just should not have been blue!
Riso printed and hand stitched with a screen printed cover, the book also challenges the boundary between comics and zines and ‘artist books’.
Aimed at adults, the book is suitable for all ages, though possibly most enjoyed by those who also would have preferred that Blue Morning to have had a different hue!
See Poetry "Blue Morning by Louise Crosby | Comica Comiket Spring 2016
Poem From A Bus Shelter written by Poet Clare Shaw and illustrated by Louise Crosby | Comica Comiket Spring 2016
Poem From A Bus Shelter written by Poet Clare Shaw and illustrated by Louise Crosby
Seeing Poetry Page from "Blue Morning" by Louise Crosby | Comica Comiket Spring 2016
Page from "Blue Morning" by Louise Crosby
Seeing Poetry another Page from "Blue Morning" by Louise Crosby | Comica Comiket Spring 2016
Another Page from "Blue Morning" by Louise Crosby
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