Join us for a Comics and Zine Workshop with artist Elina Bry and author Christina Neuwirth, in a special partnership event between the Goethe-Institut Glasgow, the Alliance Française and Glasgow School of Art library.
Christina and Elina live and work between languages. Their English-speaking personalities were born when they were 16 and spent time living abroad, and now it is the language they both use professionally and emotionally 72% of the time. In this workshop, they are interested in exploring the questions: who are you when you speak your language, and does your personality change when you switch to a different environment? What words do you only use with those closest to you? What language do you feel safest in?
Welcoming participants of all ages, all levels of artistic skill (stick figures are encouraged!) and any interest in other languages, Elina and Christina will guide us through a series of activities, interweaving ideas around language and identity, as well as opening up space for multiplicity, creative misunderstandings and translation. We hope you will bring together the material created over the course of the workshop to produce your own zine.
This event will take place in English and is open to everyone and all abilities. Families are welcome! A drink and a snack will be included in the ticket price.
Elina Bry is French/Finnish, Glasgow-based multidisciplinary artist. They work across video, storytelling and live performance, and is interested at listening to and re-staging the malfunctions of the human body. They are curious about the body as a sentient arena; as a responsive tool and as a protagonist of an everyday drama. In 2023, they are working on a multilingual Experimental Film with a focus on Climate Change funded by Creative Scotland, as well as working in Socially Engaged Practices using film to connect with our surroundings.
Born in Austria, Christina Neuwirth is an Edinburgh-based writer, researcher and bookseller. Their
novella Amphibian (Speculative Books, 2018) was shortlisted for Scotland’s National Book Awards, and they were one of Queer
Words Project Scotland’s five Emerging Writers. Their short fiction has been published in Gutter and We Were Always
Here: A Queer Words Anthology (404 Ink, 2019), and their non-fiction writing has been published in Nasty
Women (404 Ink, 2017), The Skinny and Marbles Mag. Christina recently completed their PhD examining
gender inequality in the contemporary Scottish literary sector.