Rescheduled 2020 Bryant Lecture “Life Drawing with Alison Bechdel” announced as online event

Alison Bechdel

Award-winning American cartoonist Alison Bechdel will give this year’s rescheduled Bryant Lecture organised by the British Library online this Wednesday (17th February 2021) – an evening of sharp wit which will most definitely pass the Bechdel Test.

While the annual lecture named after Douglas W Bryant usually happen at the British Library, the COVID Pandemic precluded this, so the latest presentation in this Lecture Series, “Life Drawing with Alison Bechdel” will take place online, with free admission for British Library members.

“The Rule” by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel is a cartoonist and creator of the Bechdel Test, a lens on cinema gender politics which has gained global recognition. Her work is preoccupied with the overlap of the political and the personal spheres, the relationship of the self to the world outside.

Originally best known for the long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, she came to critical and commercial success in 2006 with her graphic memoir Fun Home, which was subsequently adapted as a musical and won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2015. Fun Home was also listed by Time magazine as one of its 10 Best Books of the Year for 2006. This was followed by her second graphic memoir Are You My Mother?

Alison recently posted three different single comic strips for her Dykes to Watch Out For series: “Pièce de Résistance”, “Tackles the Ides of Trump”, and “Ponders How to Unify a Divided Country”. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, McSweeney’s, The New York Times Book Review, and Granta. In 2014 she was the recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award.

Presented in association with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library, this is an online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

Life Drawing with Alison Bechdel 7.30 – 8.30pm Wednesday 17th February 2021 | Online | £5.00 non British Library members | Free to Members| More Information | Book Direct | Enquiries: 01937 546546 | Email:

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