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Academic Biography

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, is released September 2016 by Self Made Hero.

Irish Echo - 'Casement's Road to Banna Strand', 28/09/2016.

Fionnuala Doran and Marcel Ruijters at the Edinburgh Book Festival - Graphic Biographies, 28/09/2016.

Naughton Gallery’s Art in the AM, Naughton Gallery, Belfast, 29/07/2016

Morning Star - 'It's my Passion Project', 19/09/2016

Irish News - 'The Graphic Tale of Irish Revolutionary Roger Casement', 11/08/2016

Irish Examiner - A New Graphic Novel Tells The Tale of the Trial of Roger Casement', 14/10/2016

REVIEW: The Trial of Roger Casement- A Place To Hang Your Cape, 30/09/2016

Trial of Roger Casement, Starburst magazine

The Trial of Roger Casement Graphic novel review - Front Row Reviews, 28/08/2016

Two successful bios of very different men: review of the Trial of Roger Casement at Comics Beat, 18/10/2016

Summary of Research Interests

Doran is interested in the interplay between fact and fiction, and the way in which this can be manipulated through the graphic novel form. She is also interested in the participation of women as comic creators and readers, their representation among the major English-language publishers and the sociological research into gender in the creative industries.

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teaching practice Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
cultural economy Social Sciences
Graphic Novel Arts & Humanities
art Social Sciences
participation Social Sciences
industry Social Sciences
Ireland Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2015 2019

Alone amidst X-men: Does Rogue Problematize or Challenge Archetypes of Sexuality and Mental Illness?

Doran, F., 2019, (In preparation) In : Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mental Illness

The 2nd Sex – Cross-sectorial roaming exhibition: Wom@rts

Doran, F., McHugh, M., Vicente, X., González, N., Mesfioui, M., Hervouet, S., Lagartos, R., Hunjak, K., Misevičiūtė, A., Kentrić, S. & François, A., Apr 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionResearch

cultural economy

Bernadette Devlin- Fidel Castro in a Miniskirt

Doran, F., 2018, We Shall Fight Until We Win: A Century of Pioneering Political Women, The Graphic Novel Anthology. United Kingdom: BHP Comics/404 Ink, 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

Good Grief, Catalyst Arts! 25 Years of Catalyst Arts

Doran, F., 15 Nov 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibitionResearch

Catalyst Arts

Jessica Mitford - Poison Penmanship

Doran, F., 2018, We Shall Fight Until We Win. Jones, L., Nazir, S. & McDaid, H. (eds.). United Kingdom: BHP Comics/404 Ink, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

Visual Narrative