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Durham Book Festival Fringe: Captain Pugwash to Cardinal Grotti

Saturday 16 October at 7:00 PM

A Durham Book Festival Fringe author event. Alana Harris and Isabel Ryan give a talk on the life and cartoons of John Ryan.

This event takes place in Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral.

Join us for what promises to be a humorous insight into the life and work of John Ryan (1921–2009), creator of the BBC television series Captain Pugwash. Through his weekly illustrations in the Catholic Herald, he offered a topical interrogation of the British Catholic Church’s sometimes adaptive, though often inflexible responses to the changes and challenges of the period. Discover how Ryan “poked fun at pretension both theological and clerical with a kindness and forbearance born of his own personal faith.”

This event is run in partnership with Durham-based publisher Sacristy Press.

Alana Harris is Director of Liberal Arts and Reader in Modern British and Gender History at King’s College London and co-author of Sink or Swim.

Isabel Ryan is the younger daughter of the artist and cartoonist John Ryan, and co-author of Sink or Swim.

£7 standard admission
£15 admission plus a hardback copy of the book
Student discount available.
Book tickets online on Sacristy Press's website.