Six questions to… Hannah Eaton

Hannah Eaton is an artist, writer and performer, whose first book Naming Monsters was published in 2013 by Myriad. When she isn’t doing her day job working with children in care, she delivers comic book workshops to adults and young people in the local area and beyond. Hannah is a Crawley WORDfest veteran (having appeared last year) and is scheduled to run a Comic Book Workshop at Crawley Library at 2015’s Get Stuck In Day on Saturday 25 April.

What was your first job?

I worked in a horrible suburban pub when I was 18. I used to drink the drip trays.

Which author has inspired you most?

Ha ha, probably Enid Blyton, unfortunately. As an adult, Rebecca West and James Baldwin.

What are you reading now?

The Triumph of the Moon — a History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton (again) — research for my new graphic novel. And I’m giving myself a comics masterclass with Esther Pearl Watson and Alison Bechdel’s old Dykes to Watch Out For collections… They both make me cry with laughter, but Bechdel’s dialogue is awe-inspiring, a gold standard.

Which is your favourite fairy tale?

The Juniper Tree (Grimm). It’s a ‘my mother slew me, my father ate me’ tale but it’s a profoundly moving story of family horror and redemptive love.

Which fictional character would you most like to spend time with — and why?

I would really, really like to spend a couple of decades with the inhabitants of Moominvalley. In midsummer, obviously. And Mary Poppins. Although I really mean Julie Andrews, because the book Poppins is a sociopath.

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?


WORDfest’s Get Stuck In Day, Saturday 25 April

Hannah Eaton will be running a FREE Comic Book Workshop for children aged 7–14 at 2pm in the Teen Area of Crawley Library