We're revisiting the archives this month; my collaboration with the Swansea Legacy Society has been revisited, and I am delighted to announce that my entry into the Illustrated Oral Histories series, Gang Culture in 1950s Swansea, has been completely redrawn and is coming to print soon.
The Swansea Legacy Society has collaborated with local artists to ensure that the city's vibrant and colourful past is not lost in translation to the block text of a history book. It has opened its extensive library of interview recordings with the city's notorious, inspiring, and unbelievable citizenry, and commissioned artistic productions of its most intriguing anecdotes. I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to illustrate the story of Graham Ashford, the leader of a violent gang in the 1950s who rejected his former life and became a youth advocate upon his release from Swansea Prison.
A print copy will be available in time for the convention circuit in 2018, and should be available in Swansea's museums and historical site gift shops in the new year. My thanks to the Swansea Legacy Society and the Ashford family for allowing me to bring Graham's story to the page.