Graphic Lives

Working with a group of British Bangladeshi women to create digital comics telling their life stories

Project highlights

  • We created nine comics telling the life stories of women from the British Bangladeshi community at Diversity Matters North West in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

  • The comics highlighted the emotions associated with migration in an immediate and relatable way.

  • Creating comics allowed women with limited English language skills to share their stories widely.

  • The women visited museums and galleries to engage with collections, many for the first time.

  • The women developed digital, creative and communication skills, and developed confidence through sharing their experiences.

  • Participants shared their comics with pupils from local primary schools and supported them in creating their own comics.

  • The comics were shared at local, regional and national festivals, reaching a variety of audiences including: families, artists, writers, publishers, community workers, educators, academics and the general public.

  • The project generated significant interest from a wide range of organisations across the public, charity and academic sectors .

  • The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Project outputs

You can download all the comics the women created here.

Or read them online:

Fatima Aysha Juie Sadisa Siddika

Shapla Amina Samia Shahida

Evaluation report

Evaluation report.pdf

Read more about Graphic Lives

'Using participant-created comics as a research method', Qualitative Research Journal, 2019

'Telling migrant women’s life stories as comics', Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 2018

'Bangladeshi Women Creating Comics', Comics Forum, 2017

The publications below are behind paywalls. But if you don't have access to these publications, please get in touch to request a copy or more information.

'Exploring Trauma and Social Haunting through Community Comics Creation', in D. Davies & C. Rifkind (eds.) Documenting Trauma: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories and Graphic Reportage in Comics, London: Palgrave, 2020

'Using Rhetorical Analysis with Participant Comics', in SAGE Research Methods Datasets Part 2, London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019

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