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Literary Salon with Ian Williams

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Book your place for this Literary Salon on Wednesday 11 December with comics artist and writer Ian Williams at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.

He works as a doctor while developing a side career as a painter and printmaker, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Williams's attempt to find some common ground between his two careers led to the creation of his own comic strips in 2007, using the nom de plume 'Thom Ferrier' to maintain some anonymity while still working in rural general practice.

Populated by a cast of flawed characters, and shot through with gallows humour, his stories explore the darker side of medicine, revealing the harsh realities of human interaction and behaviour during times of stress and fear. The Bad Doctor, his debut graphic novel (Myriad, 2014), was highly commended by the British Medical Association at the Medical Book Awards 2015. His latest graphic novel, The Lady Doctor, was published by Myriad in January 2019.

He is also author of a series of comic strips for The Guardian. Sick Notes is a weekly cartoon about the trials and tribulations of working within the NHS.