Panel Borders: Writing as the Other

The Clay Dreaming by Ed Hillyer
Continuing a month of shows about comics that are about or from Australasia on this week’s only over-air British comics radio show Panel Borders, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist turned novelist Ed Hillyer about his debut novel, The Clay Dreaming, released in 2010 – his account of an Aborigine Cricket Team in 19th Century Britain, and how writing a book without pictures differs to his experience of writing comics.
Terra Austrails by LF Bollee and Philippe NiclouxAlex also talks to French journalist, motorsport commentator and bande dessinée creator,  L.F. Bollée about writing the graphic novel Terre Australis, which depicts the conquering of Australia, published in English as Terra Australis last year by SelfMadeHero. . The interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Australia / New Zealand Literature Festival 2014.
Ed Hillyer
Ed Hillyer

Ed – also known as ILYA – is a British writer and artist whose books include the award-winning graphic novel series The End of the Century Club, an entry in noir anthology It’s Dark in London, a daring adaptation of King Lear (Manga Shakespeare series) and, most recently, the graphic novel Room, for SelfMade Hero. Illustration clients include the BBC, the Royal Academy of Arts, and The Times and Guardian newspapers.

Hillyer has edited three volumes of The Mammoth Book of BEST NEW MANGA, curating a host of international talent. He also designs and tutors workshops and courses on the art of comics and manga for colleges, galleries, libraries, schools and prisons, across the UK as well as abroad.

The Clay Dreaming, his debut prose novel, was selected as one of Waterstones’s New Voices for 2010 (see Hillyer’s interview in the Waterstones Books Quarterly). Ed has also visited Indonesia with the British Council and been a guest of the Sharjah International Book Fair.

• Panel Borders: Writing as the Other airs at 11.00am Thursday 9th July, repeated 7.00am Saturday 11th July 2015, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at  / podcast after broadcast at

• A (fumetti) comic strip Alex Fitch commissioned from Woodrow Phoenix has just gone up on Electric Sheep’s website: 

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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