Steve Bell in Liverpool

Steve BellSteve Bell, probably Britain’s most recognisable political cartoonist, joins Writing on the Wall festival in Liverpool next week, to explore this year’s theme: The Outsider.

Steve’s original strip Maggie’s Farm appeared in Time Out and City Limits magazines from 1979 through to 1987. Since 1981. he’s written and drawn the If… strip in The Guardian, for whom he has produced cartoons with high penguin content ever since the Falklands crisis of 1982.

It was Bell who created the memorable ‘underpants’ image of John Major, of Tony Blair with Margaret Thatcher’s rogue eyeball, and depicted George W Bush as a malevolent chimp. Mixing surreal visuals with hilarious dialogue, Bell’s cartoons have won him wide acclaim and a host of awards.

• Steve Bell: The Outsider is at 7.30pm on Friday 15th May at The Rodewald Suite, Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9BP. Tickets £8.00/£5.00 available form the Philharmonic Hall Box office Tel: 0151 709 378. for on line booking visit

(With thanks to Chris Williams for spotting this)

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