Myriam is a woman who sees things a little differently from other people. Strange figures in garish costumes accompany her to the post office, wild exotic plants sprout from supermarket shelves and phantom walls rise up to block her path. Husband Fred and daughter Clare think she is losing her marbles, and it's only grandson Jack who seems to understand. Gareth Brookes's latest graphic novel, A Thousand Coloured Castles, conjures up the horrifying vision of a marriage set in its ways with the disturbing hallucinations that accompany failing eyesight. Add in a wild child next door, and you have a fictional tour-de-force from maestro Brookes, beautifully rendered in iridescent crayons, and described by one reviewer as ‘Wallace and Gromit in the age of Brexit’. Brookes, winner of the 2012 Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition with his celebrated The Black Project, is our guest at Cartoon County on Monday 24th April from 6pm for 7pm upstairs at The Farm Tavern, 13 Farm Road, Hove BN3 1FB. He discusses his penchant for garden birds, gnomes and suburbia, and the laboursome artistic practice with which he lovingly renders them, with Alex Fitch of Resonance FM.
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