Kate Evans

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Kate Evans
Born Kate Evans
(1972-10-02) 2 October 1972 (age 46)
Montreal, Canada
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Threads from the Refugee Crisis, Red Rosa

Kate Evans (born 2 October 1972) is a British cartoonist, non-fiction author and graphic novelist.


Kate Evans was born in Montreal, Canada, but raised in Surrey, England. She studied English literature at Sussex University in Brighton where she became involved in political opposition to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Here she became associated with the SchNEWS DIY activist publication, editing and contributing artwork to several of its annual editions.[1] From 1995 to 1998 Evans dedicated herself to environmental activism, providing cartoon reportage from a tree house on the route of the Newbury Bypass for The Guardian newspaper. In 1998, Evans wrote, illustrated and published her account as Copse: the Cartoon Book of Tree Protesting.

Since 2000, Evans has produced a series of non-fiction graphic works on a variety of social and political topics. The Food of Love: your formula for successful breastfeeding has become one of the UK’s bestselling titles on the subject, popularising attachment parenting techniques.[2] Evans subsequently authored and illustrated the pregnancy and birth manual Bump: how to make, grow and birth a baby.

Red Rosa: a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg,[3][4][5][6] an account of the life and work of revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Award 2016.

Evans returned to comics journalism with the book Threads from the Refugee Crisis,[7][8][9] reportage from the Calais Jungle. Threads from the Refugee Crisis was awarded the John C. Laurence Award from the Society of Authors in 2016 and won the Broken Frontier Award for Graphic Non Fiction 2017. In 2018 it became the first graphic novel to be nominated for the Orwell Prize for Books.[citation needed]

Evans lives in Somerset, UK, with her husband and two children.


  • Copse: the Cartoon Book of Tree Protesting. Self-published, 1998.
  • Funny Weather: Everything you Didn’t Want to Know About Climate Change but Probably Should Find Out. Myriad, 2006. (Later published as Weird Weather by Groundwood Books in Canada and the US in 2007)
  • The Food of Love: your formula for successful breastfeeding. Myriad, 2009.
  • Bump: how to make, grow and birth a baby. Myriad, 2014.
  • Red Rosa: a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg. Verso, 2015.
  • Threads from the Refugee Crisis. Verso, 2017.


  1. ^ "schnews". Now Then. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ "The case for breastfeeding is clear". The Guardian. 5 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  3. ^ "The Radical Life of Rosa Luxemburg". Thenation.com. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Kate Evans on Doomed Revolutionary and Political Dynamo 'Red' Rosa". Broadly. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Drawing out Rosa Luxemburg's Gender Identity". E-ir.info. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Red Rosa: a Verso podcast in collaboration with the London Review Bookshop". Londonreviewbookshop.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  7. ^ Evans, Kate. "Threads - A Beautiful Cartoon Weaving Together The Stories of Migrants in Calais and Their Allies". Films For Action. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Threads from the Calais Refugee Crisis - Graphic Essay --- Kate Evans". Numéro Cinq. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  9. ^ "'The problem is not going to go away': Kate Evans on 'Threads' and the refugee crisis". Cbr.com. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2017.

External links

  • Official website

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