Idle Women on the Water: A brick throwin’, hijbab-wearin’, hairy-legged, space takin’ odyssey
Marking our fifth anniversary, we have published ‘Idle Women on the Water: A brick throwin’, hijbab-wearin’, hairy-legged, space takin’ odyssey’, a graphic novel by Candice Purwin.
About the story
Casting herself as the ‘Beast’, a lone observer who documents the women’s experiences, Purwin accompanies Idle Women during their voyage on the purpose-built narrowboat, Selina Cooper, navigating the edgy backwaters of post-industrial Lancashire, Yorkshire and Merseyside.
Purwin’s acutely observed account presents Idle Women’s quiet revolution for women’s rights in the northern birthplace of women’s suffrage as a new phase in the history of women’s activism and feminist culture.
With compassion, humour and solidarity, she brings vividly to life Anderson and O’Boyle’s quest, together with women artists, writers and activists, and the women and girls of the canalside towns who join them along the way. The narrative unfolds over seven seasons between 2016 and 2017, set against a backdrop of global terrorism, political instability and austerity.
About Candice Purwin
Candice Purwin writes and draws comics and sometimes animates things. She lives in Edinburgh and can often be found under a desk, atop a shelf, or out on a hill where the humans are few and far between.