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Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide

Kate Charlesworth

Published by Myriad Editions

In 1950, when Kate was born, male homosexuality carried a custodial sentence. But female homosexuality had never been an offence in the UK, effectively rendering lesbians even more invisible than they already were – often to themselves. Growing up in Yorkshire, the young Kate had to find role models wherever she could, in real life, books, film and TV.

Sensible Footwear is a fascinating history of how post-war Britain transformed from a country hostile towards ‘queer’ lives to the LGBQTI+ universe of today, recording the political gains and challenges against a backdrop of personal experience: realising her own sexuality, coming out to her parents, embracing lesbian and gay culture, losing friends to AIDS.

A stunning achievement. — Posy Simmonds

Kate Charlesworth is a Barnsley-born cartoonist and illustrator, now living in Edinburgh. She attended art college in Manchester and worked as an illustrator in London. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, comics, and digital media. In 2014 she illustrated Costa Prize-winners Mary and Bryan Talbot’s Sally Heathcote: Suffragette.