News and Events


I am delighted and grateful to have been awarded a grant from the Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund for individuals towards my practice during the forthcoming months. One element of this is supporting Dr Nicola 2020: A series of monthly live online illustrated talks on Feminism and ComicsThese will take place on 20th of each month at 20.00 hours (8pm BST time) on Zoom. They are based on my research activity of the past decade that is documented in my new book. 

Saturday 20 June at 20:00 hours UK time
Dr Nicola 2020 #2 Feminism & Comics UK: The 1970s
Register (Free):
This second talk in my series will focus on the 1970s. How did the emergence of second wave feminist activity and theory inform women’s comics? How and why were comics being produced by women and how did the humour reflect the lives and experiences of women at the time? These are some of the questions I will be responding to in an illustrated presentation.

My New Book is published!
UK Feminist Cartoons and Comics: A Critical Review
Nicola Streeten (
Palgrave Macmillan) 


1-10 September 2020
Research trip to Finland, supported by FRAME Contemporary Art Finland

1 & 2 May 2021

1 May 2021
Portsmouth Comics Con

Graphic novel your life workshop
Dr Nicola Streeten
2 hours. No experience necessary, all welcome, materials provided

Steven Appleby presentation of new graphic novel and a career in comics
Chaired by Dr Nicola Streeten
1 hour

LDC Special: Graphic novelists Steven Appleby and Dr Nicola Streeten Presentations
with Q and A Session
1 hour


MAY 2020

Wednesday 20 May, 2020, 8pm UK time
DR NICOLA 2020 #1 Feminism, Comics, Humour
I will deliver an illustrated introductory talk to launch the publication of my book and this series of talks. This talk offers an overview of the topic.

I will upload this talk on YouTube in due course and put the link here.

14 May 2020
DOG END live Performance with Stucky 
Film, Free and Easy 
(1:22 into the video)

Friday 8 May 2020, 6pm
I  joined Professor LatinX in conversation in a videocast

APRIL 2020

27 April 2020
Below are a few seconds from The Dog End performance. For the full 15 mins

MARCH 2020

Sunday 29 March 2020
LDComics Festival ONLINE
Check website for  details

Saturday 14 March 2020, 11.30am-3.30pm
Comics, Love and Loss Workshop
Weston Park, Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TP
inspired by the current exhibition at Weston Park Museum, Loved&Lost, join me for an insight into how the graphic novel form is being used to convey stories and experiences of loss and love. The workshop includes practical and fun drawing exercises. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary and all materials will be provided. Advance booking essential.

21 January-6 March 2020 India


Friday 31 Jan – Sunday 2 February 2020
Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters
I was guest at this festival, delivering a COMIC MONSTERS WORKSHOP


Thursday 12 December, 6-8pm
The Cartoon Museum, Wells Street, London
LDC winter party


Thursday 7 November, 6.30-8pm
In Conversation with Graphic Novelist Sarah Lippett
discussing her new book “A Puff of Smoke”

Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road, London


Saturday 26 October 2019
John Harvard Library, London
Funding Your Project
An LDC Professional Development Workshop


Saturday 7 September 2019, 10am-12 midday
Family Comic-Making Workshop
at Mansions of the Future, Lincoln

JUNE 2019

24-28 June 2019
International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference
Manchester Metropolitan University.

26 June 2019: Laydeez do Comics MANCHESTER SPECIAL

With Rachael Ball, Lou Crosby and Nicola Streeten

6.30pm (prompt) – 8.45pm (approx.)
Location: Room G34, Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BH
Tickets FREE Bookable here

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 5-6pm
“Why comics? why feminism? why laughter?”
presentation at
Mansions of the Future, Lincoln

MAY 2019

1-3 May 2019
Alternative Comedy Now Conference
As part of Alternative Comedy Now Festival
University of Kent School of Arts

1 May 2019, 1-6pm, Aphra Theatre, University of Kent
Comedy and Mental Health: Future Directions
I will be one of eight speakers delivering short presentations on the questions
and challenges for future research on mental health and comedy. Details below.
A Free Event, all welcome. To register a place email: Dieter Declercq

Dr Dieter Declercq, Assistant Lecturer in Film and Media, University of Kent
Dr Matt Hargrave, Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts, University of Northumbria

Caitlin Hogan, Stand-up Comedian, Ohio University
Dr Sharon Lockyer, Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Communications, University of Brunel
Prof Mary Luckhurst, Head of School of Arts, University of Bristol
Dr Shaun May, Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Kent
Lynne Parker, CEO Funny Women
Dr Nicola Streeten, Illustrator and Graphic Novelist



Session 1

Dr Dieter Declercq: “Comedy, Humour and Mental Health. An Attempted Overview and Some New Directions.”

Dr Sharon Lockyer: “Notes on Future Research Directions in Stand-up Comedy and Mental Health.”

Dr Shaun May: “Taking of the Mask and Laughing: Autistic Humour, Passing and Mental Health.”




Session 2

Dr Nicola Streeten: “When Is It OK to Laugh at Comics and Cartoons About Mental Health Issues?”

Prof Mary Luckhurst: “Women Stand-Ups, Self-Denigrating Comedy and Mental Wellbeing.”

Cait Hogan: “Working Through Trauma in Dark Comedy without Self-Degradation.”




Session 3

Lynne Parker: “Has the Growth of Stand-Up Comedy Contributed to Greater Awareness of Mental Health Issues?”

Dr Matt Hargrave: “The Use of Comic Persona in Stand-Up Comedy and Mental Health.” 

Friday 3 May, 14.40
Jarman 1
A feminist alternative: Women in comics and women comics
Joint paper with Lynne Parker (Funny Women)

APRIL 2019

Thursday 25 April 2019, 6-8pm
“Laughter seminar”
IAS Laughter: Comic Books and Laughter – History, Politics, and Aesthetics
Panel discussion with Professor Roger Sabin and Dr Nina Mickwitz,
chaired by Dr Dominic Davies
Laughter and Literary StudiesInstitute of Advanced Studies
University College London

MARCH 2019

Sunday 31 March 2019, 11am-7pm
Laydeez do Comics Weekend Festival
Freeword Centre, London
60 Farringdon Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3GA, UK
A FREE  public event. JOIN US!

11am-7pm: Laydeez lounge + film on loop with all entrants’ submissions to our Graphic Novel award on display. We are also delighted to host the following publishers: Liminal 11, Good Comics, SelfMadeHero, Myriad Editions, Unbound, and Kickstarter who will each have tables set out and be available to talk to.

1.30pm-3pm: publisher presentations (20 mins each) plus Q & A

3-3.30pm: tea, cake and wine is served

3.30-5pm: publisher presentations (20 mins each) plus Q & A

5.30-7pm: VIP wine reception for the prize giving of our Graphic Novel award and speeches. (for an invitation to the VIP reception please email Wallis Eates
For details of Laydeez do Comics and the festival visit:

1 March 2019
Public presentation
Presidency University, Kolkata, India
Details to follow

17 January – 7 March 2019
I was conducting research and development activity in India towards Expectations


Sunday 24 February 2019, 12-2.30pm
Laydeez do Comics Bangalore, India
The Humming Tree – Performance Venue & Bar
#949, 1st Floor, 12th Main Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore – 560038, India

11-16 February 2019
British Council Creating Heroines Workshop, Kathmandu, Nepal


31 January – 3 February 2019
Mathrubhumi Festival of Letters MBIFL 2019 
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

Saturday 12 January 2019
Funding Your Project Workshop
Laydeez do comics professional development


19-21 December 2018
Graphic Novel Your Life Workshop

Nepal Literature Festival 2018
Hotel Barahi, Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal

22 December 2018
In Conversation with Kathmandu-based artist/writer Kanchan Burathoki
Nepal Literature Festival 2018
Pokhara, Nepal


Thursday 22 November 2018, 1pm
Chester Literature Festival
Garret Theatre
The Quizzical Glance: Two Centuries of Women Cartoonists in Britain
Dr Simon Grennan and Dr Nicola Streeten.

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 10am-4pm
Public Information Comics Symposium II: Communicating Grief
University of Dundee
Keynote Address: ‘Grief, Creation and Billy, Me & You
Dundee Comics Creative Space, Vision Building, 20 Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB

Thursday 8 November 2018, 7.30pm
The Wanstead Tap & Newham Bookshop Present
The Inking Woman
An Evening with Nicola Streeten & Cath Tate
Arch 352 Winchelsea Road Forest Gate London E7 0AQ


Thursday 25 October 2018, 7.30-10pm
Laydeez do Comics Evening of Comedy
in association with Funny Women
New Unity Hall, Islington, London
A packed evening of comedy and comics, laughter and joy
With Rosie Jones, Bec Hill and Magical Toaster Pockets
with welcome words from Lynne Parker
founder of Funny Women.

Sunday 14 October 2018, 5-6pm
The Times and Sunday Times
Cheltenham Literature Festival
In conversation with Sarah Laing and Marisa Bate

Saturday 13 October 2018, 12-1pm
Birmingham Literary Festival
IKON Gallery

The Inking Woman, Cath Tate and Nicola Streeten

Friday 12 October 2018, 6pm
Birmingham Literary Festival
IKON Gallery
Workshop: Graphic novels and cartoons with Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate


Wednesday 26 September, 6-8pm
Barking & Dagenham Read Fest
In Conversation with Laydeez Do Comics
Dagenham Library20-21 September 2018
Comics Forum Conference, Leeds
Details to follow


Sunday 12 August 2018, 11:00-12:00
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Garden Theatre, Edinburgh

JULY 2018

Tuesday 31 July 2018, 6.30-8pm
A pop up 5×15 event at The Allbright Club, London
Secret histories of women writers
Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
Allbright London
11 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HR

JUNE 2018

Friday 29 June 2018
The Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2018. 27-29 June
Retro! Time, Memory and Nostalgia
BU Executive Business Centre, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB

Friday 29 June 9.00–10.30: Session 13

Panel 13a – Trauma And Self
Looking Backward To Move Forward


Friday 22 June 2018
Women Cartoonists and Comic Artists
Nicola Streeten, Cath Tate, editors of The Inking Woman, and artist Kate Charlesworth discuss the history and politics of women’s comics.
British Library, London

Thursday 21 June 2018
The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain, with Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
As part of feminist book fortnight

Five Leaves Bookshop
14a Long Row, Nottingham

Friday 15 June 2018
Nicola Streeten, Cath Tate and artist Rachael Ball in discussion
Greenwich Book Festival

Saturday 2 June 2018

The Inking Women
Nicola Streeten, Cath Tate and artist Henny Beaumont in discussion.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival

APRIL 2018

Sunday 29 April 2018
London Graphic Novel Network CIC presents:

The Inking Woman: In conversation with Nicola Streeten & Cath Tate
Discussing 250 years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain
Peckham Pod 2, Peckham Library 122 Peckham Hill St, SE15 5JR

MARCH 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018
Publication of  The Inking Woman: 250 Years of Women Cartoon and Comic Artists in Britain (Myriad Editions) Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate

Author Event with Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate

‘The inking Woman’ is a groundbreaking picture-led celebration of the work of over 100 named British artists, and a few anonymous ones, revealing the wealth of women’s art and insight spanning 200 years. Join Nicola and Cath as they discuss their new book.

Saturday 24 March 2018
The inaugural Laydeez Day Festival, 3.30pm onwards
Free Word Centre, London

Sunday 25 March 2018, 4.45-5.45pm
Nicola Streeten and Kate Charlesworth Aye Con
Aye Write Festival

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 March 2018
British Council Creating Heroines Stall
Women of the World (WOW) Festival Marketplace

Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall (RFH), 
British Council Creating Heroines comics-making workshop
Women of the World (WOW) Festival
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Monday 12 March 2018, 8pm
Why aren’t there more women political cartoonists?
Presentation and panel discussion
National Union of Journalists HQ
Headland House, 
Proctor Street, just off Grans Inn Road, London


17 February 2018
So you want to write a graphic novel?
The Girls’ Guide to Graphic Novels Masterclass

British Council Creating Heroines
Women of the World Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

Friday 10 November, 6-9pm
A Woman’s Place
Rachael House’s Feminist Disco
Guest presentation

Venue: Room 76, Falmer Bar, The University of Sussex, BN1 9RH

Sunday 8 October, 2.30-3.30pm
Cheltenham Literature Festival
A Woman’s Place
In conversation with Hannah Berry and Paula Knight 

Thursday 21 September
Comics Forum Conference: Comics and Space
Keynote Address with Steven Appleby: The Ambiguity of Gendered Space

Saturday 23 September
Thought Bubble – The Leeds Comic Art Festival
So what’s your other job? Myriad cartoonists fill the Thought Bubble
Panel discussion chaired by Corinne Pearlman with Darryl Cunningham, Ottilie Hainsworth, Paula Knight, and Una