Public lecture explores Comics and Creative Responses to Dementia Care

Posted on 26th March 2018

A free public lecture, exploring how comics and taking an artistic approach can bring benefits to dementia care, will be held at the University of Chester.

Dr Simon Grennan.
Dr Simon Grennan.

Held as part of the University’s 2018 Research Festival 2018, Dr Simon Grennan will describe the making of the 2017 comic book Parables of Care, which presents a creative response to dementia care, as told by carers themselves.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 12, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in room CBK107 in the Binks Building on the University’s Parkgate Road Campus.

The book includes 14 informative and touching stories, which were adapted by more than 100 case studies of real-life dementia care found at Simon worked with partners from London City University, Douglas College Vancouver and the NHS to produce the new book. The lecture will illuminate the specific opportunities arising in adapting the case studies as drawings, including the use of ambiguity and emotion in a clinical context.

Dr Simon Grennan, is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Art and Design at the University. He is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, comics scholar and author of over 40 comics and artists’ books.

Simon worked in partnership with Dr Ernesto Priego of City, University of London; Dr Peter Wilkins of Douglas College, Vancouver, Canada and an NHS Trust, to produce Parables of Care.

Tickets are free, but need to be booked in advance. To reserve a place, visit