Fionnuala Doran is an Irish artist, living and working between Scotland and England. She graduated with an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and is senior lecturer at Teesside University‘s newly launched BA in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art. Winner of the 2014 Comics Unmasked competition at the British Library, she has worked between fine art and comics, acting as a director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast’s foremost artist-led gallery, and as co-editor of Modern Times, Britain’s first magazine of graphic journalism since the 19th Century. She has participated in residencies with the Banff Centre, Canada, the European Exchange Academy, Turkey and the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida. She came down with a bad case of comic-fever in 1990 and has never recovered.

Her first graphic novel, The Trial of Roger Casement, chronicling the contested life of Irish rebel, revolutionary and gay icon, Sir Roger Casement, was released in September 2016 by Self Made Hero.

“Irish culture has all but canonized the heroes and martyrs of the 1916 rebellion against England, but for a century the Irish-born British-raised Casement has been quietly erased from the record. Once knighted for his work in the British colonies overseas, Casement switched sides to fight for the liberation of his own people and was hailed as a hero of the Irish rising-until his treason trial revealed homosexual affairs, which turned sexually conservative Irish Catholics against him. Doran’s graphic novel debut seeks to return Casement to his place in history with a nuanced portrait of a man whose life defies categorization. Skipping through time and place in rough, impressionistic ink sketches, this is less a historical record than a poetic evocation… Casement is an electric figure, his story stranger than fiction, and this well-researched and thoughtful book provides a fine introduction.” 

  • Publishers Weekly

 Fionnuala Doran Graphic Novelist