Scholarly biography and interests
Graham Rawle lectures in Illustration. He is a writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. His weekly 'Lost Consonants' first appeared in the weekend Guardian in 1990 and ran for 15 years. He has produced other regular series for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times.
Among his published books are The Card, The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo, and Diary of an Amateur Photographer. His collaged novel Woman's World, created entirely from fragments of found text clipped from vintage women’s magazines won wide critical acclaim, described by The Times as ‘a work of genius…the most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade.’ His reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won the Best Illustrated Trade Book Award as well as 2009 Book of the Year at the British Book Design Awards. The Card, was shortlisted for the 2013 Writers' Guild Award for fiction.
Rawle's work is exhibited internationally and he regularly gives lectures about his work at both academic and public events. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts and Design by Independent Project courses at Brighton. In 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for Services to Design from Norwich University of the Arts where he has recently been appointed as Visiting Exploration of inherent as well as constructed narrative form, specifically 3-act structure, as a paradigm that can be employed in the development of design strategies across a wide range of disciplines.
Innovation of techniques involving the interplay between text and image in experimental literature as a way to carry a narrative subtext that is neither written nor illustrated, but emerges through the combined reading of both text and image to form a new language.
From the 2014 REF
Graham Rawle has developed a new narrative language, both graphic and textual, and combined it with an authorial approach in Woman’s World and The Card, whilst his innovative illustrations of The Wizard of Oz constituted a reimagining of a familiar text. Rawle has continued to ask the question: how can narrative be developed in the space in between visual communication and textual narrative? Rawle has established himself as a ground-breaking research-led writer, illustrator and designer and this is evidenced through the range and depth of key scholarly texts that cite and analyse his work (including Sadokierski, 2006; Gibbons 2010; Wolf, 2011; Bray, Gibbons, McHale, 2012) and through coverage in surveys of graphic design (including Poyner, 2003; Heller, 2005; Zeegan, 2013; Kick, 2013). Rawle’s research processes and techniques involve phases of searching, collecting, content analysis, narrative development and composing of the final story. In Woman’s World (2005), and The Card (2012), Rawle shows his creative vision through the defamiliarising of the conventional understanding of ‘graphic novel’ or ‘detective novel’ genres, and draws on traditions of collage and the cut-up narrative. In The Wizard of Oz (2008), further modes of creativity were referenced with the construction of miniature cinematically composed and lit ‘sets’ featuring the novel’s characters to depict key moments. Rawle consciously used the notion of ‘casting’ in selecting surreal and sometimes disturbing objects for these photographs, as part of the reinterpretation of F. L. Baum’s narrative. Professor in Illustration.
Featured works and projects
A full-length, collaged novel created from fragments of found text cut from women’s magazines from the early 1960s.
A novel illustrated with a series of 'found' illustrated picture cards and a set of coded graphic symbols in the text margins.
A novel written in the form of a journal using collaged paper scraps, ephemera and constructed 1950s glamour photographs.
Rawle, Graham (2014) Textures: an exhibition of text, texture and structures in artists' books [Exhibition]
Rawle, Graham (2013) Photographic ‘artistry’ in 1950s men’s magazines. In: Reconsidering amateur photography, University of Brighton Symposium, 21 September 2012.
Rawle, Graham (2012) The Card Atlantic Books, London, UK. ISBN 978085789124 2
Rawle, Graham (2012) Peepshow Collective In: Peepshow Collective. Index Books, p. 4. ISBN 9788415308126
Rawle, Graham (2011) Inspirations YCN website.
Lupton, E., Blauvelt, A., Leslie, J., Albinson, I., Vit, A. and Rawle, Graham (2011) Graphic Design: Now in Production [Exhibition]
Rawle, Graham (2011) Message 43 symposium 2011 In: Message 43 symposium 2011, 5 April 2011, University of Plymouth, UK.
Rawle, Graham (2010) Uncanny: surrealism and graphic design [Exhibition]
Rawle, Graham (2009) The Wizard of Oz according to Graham Rawle [Exhibition]
Rawle, Graham (2009) Bright Ideas The Times Newspapers Limited, London, UK.
Rawle, Graham (2009) A Postcard Home - a collage workshop In: A Postcard Home - Friday Late, Home Sweet Home, 27 February 2009, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
Graham, Rawle (2008) The international Wizard of Oz convention 2010 – Oz: The Books In: International Wizard of Oz Club Convention - The Books, 14-16 May 2010, Arne Nixon Center, Fresno, California, USA.
Rawle, Graham and Baum, L. Frank (2008) The Wizard of Oz Atlantic, London. ISBN 9781843546597
Rawle, Graham (2008) 40,000 not-very-easy pieces - dissecting a page from Woman's World New York Magazine, 41 (11). pp. 63-64. ISSN 0028-7369
Rawle, Graham (2007) Reason under a ruined hat In: A humument: a treated victorian novel. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, pp. 13-16.
Rawle, Graham (2005) Woman's World Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-368-0
Rawle, Graham (2000) EXPO 2000 - Hi-Life, (Basic Needs) [Exhibition]
Rawle, Graham (1990) Lost consonants Guardian News and Media Limited, The Guardian Weekend.
Rawle, Graham Art Workers Guild lecture In: Writing with Scissors, 26 April 2012, London, UK. (Unpublished)
Rawle, Graham Oz in Shinsegae [Exhibition]
Other research and professional activities
- Overland (Forthcoming) 2015
- The Wizard of Oz, Atlantic Books (UK) Counterpoint Press (USA) 2008
- Tom Phillips - A Humument Exhibition Catalogue, Gabrielle Keiller Library, National Galleries of Scotland (article). 2008
- Return of Lost Consonants, Boxtree (1999)
- Diary of an Amateur Photographer, Picador (UK)/Penguin Studio (USA) 1998
- Lost Consonants 7, 4th Estate 1997
- Lost Consonants 6, 4th Estate 1996
- Lost Consonants 5, 4th Estate 1995
- Lying Doggo, Picador 1995
- Lost Consonants 4, 4th Estate 1994
- Lost Consonants 3, 4th Estate 1993
- Wonder Book of Fun, Victor Gollancz (UK)/Harcourt Brace (USA) 1993
- More Lost Consonants, 4th Estate 1992
- Lost Consonants, 4th Estate (UK)/Atlantic Monthly Press (USA) 1991
Selected public lectures and talks
- UCA Research Conference, Whitechapel Gallery, London. 2014
- HEA - Interdisciplinarity in Teaching and Narrative: Crossing Critical and Creative Boundaries, University of Brighton 2014 (keynote)
- Centre for New Writing, University of Leicester. 2013
- Rules! Varoom 21, The Foyles Gallery, London. 2013
- Writing With Scissors, The Galley Club, London. 2012
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scotland. 2012
- Reconsidering Amateur Photography - 'Either/And' Conference, National Media Museum, Brighton. 2012
- 5x15 Author Event, Shoreditch House, London. 2012
- The Card - interview with the author by Byte the Book. The Ivy Club, London. 2012
- The Arvon Foundation, Totleigh Barton, Devon. 2012
- Writing With Scissors, Art Workers Guild, London. 2012
- Antenna Media Centre, Nottingham. 2012
- Message 43 Symposium, keynote speaker, University of Plymouth. 2011
- 'Shadow Play: Alchemy, Redolence and Enchantment'. Cardiff School of Art and Design Symposium. Keynote speaker. Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff. 2010
- Arvon Foundation – Guest speaker. Totleigh Barton, Devon. 2010
- International Wizard of Oz Convention – Keynote speaker. Arne Nixon Center, Fresno, California. 2010
- 'The Untamed Tiger, the Illustrator and the Self-Initiated Project'. Speaker. Authorial Illustration Forum - Symposium. University College, Falmouth. 2010
- West Cork Literary Festival –Bantry, Ireland. 2009
- Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery –Dublin, Ireland. 2009
- Hochhauser Auditorium, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 2009
- Sussex Writing Series – University of Sussex. 2009
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Public Lecture. 2009
- Curzon Cinema, London. 2008
- Foyles Gallery, Foyles Bookshop, London. 2008
- Bluecoat Art and Literature Festival, Liverpool. 2008
- Gold ’08 Arts and Music Event, London. Shoreditch Town Hall. 2008
- Old Market Theatre, Brighton. 2008
- Trans Festival, Belfast, N Ireland. 2008
- ‘Fold’ Art and Narrative Symposium - Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London held at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Sound archived for the British Library. 2008
- ‘Telling Tales, The Art of Perfect Storytelling’ Authorial Practice Open Forum – Symposium at University College, Falmouth. 2008
- In Conversation with Tom Phillips – Dean Gallery, The National Galleries of Scotland. 2007
- Port Eliot Literary festival, Devon. 2007
- Picture House Centre for Photography, Leicester. 2006
- 'Text' Creative Writing Festival, Exeter. 2004
- 'Writ Large' Public lecture series, Royal College of Art, London. 2003
- The Guardian Art Festival, London. 2002
- Landmark Centre, St Paul, USA. 2002
- Leicester Comedy Festival, 1999
- Photographer's Gallery, London. 1998
- Shortlisted for the Writers Guild Fiction Award 2013 (The Card)
- Honorary Doctorate - Norwich University College of the Arts/ University of the Arts, London, 2012
- Book of the Year 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards (The Wizard of Oz)
- Best Illustrated Trade Book, 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards (The Wizard of Oz)
- 'The Book Lovers' – M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; De Appel, Amsterdam; Museum Tadeusz Kantor, Krakow; EFA Project Space, NYC; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (forthcoming)
- 'Graphic Design: Now In Production' – Walker Art Institute, Minneapolis (2012); Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York (2012), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2013), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas (2013) and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2014) RISD Museum of Art, Rhode Island (2014). Curator Ellen Lupton.
- TEXTures – University of Johannesburg, South Africa. 2014
- 'Love British Books' – Museum Of Art and Literature, Yerevan, Armenia. 2012
- 'What Are They Like?' House of Illustration –Sotheby's, London. 2012.
- 'Emblem of My Work' – Laurence Sterne Trust, Shandy Hall, York, UK. 2011
- 'Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design' – Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Curator Rick Poynor. 2011
- 'Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design,' 24th International Biennial of Graphic Design. Prazak Palace, Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic. June – Oct 2010
- 'The Wizard of Oz' – Shinsegae Gallery, Seoul, Korea. December 2009
- 'The Wizard of Oz According to Graham Rawle' – Solo exhibition. MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis. May – June 2009
- 'Black Page Exhibition' – Laurence Sterne Trust, Shandy Hall, York. Sep-Oct 2009
- 'Let’s Play' – The Art Group, Maverick Showroom, London. December 2009
- The Ivy Restaurant, London. Caprice Holdings. Permanent collection. 2008
- '150 Years of Brighton' – University of Brighton. 2009
- 'Identitiy Books and Multiples' – The Library, AKI, ArtEz. Enschede, The Netherlands. 2008
- The National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp
- 'A Postcard Home', collage workshop. Friday Late. Sculpture Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2009
- 'I Did Not Know That!' collage workshop. Peepshow Collective. Somerset House, London 2012
Authored Weekly Series
- Lost Consonants - The Guardian, 1990-2005. Also appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Spotlight Verlag (Germany), EL Gazette, Mail and Globe, South Africa, BBC English Magazine
- Vowel Movements - The Guardian, April 2004-Sept 2005
- Bright Ideas - The Times. Weekly Series Jan 2009 - Jan 2010.
- Pardon Mrs Arden - Sunday Telegraph. 1997-1998
- When Words Collide - Sunday Telegraph. 1996-1997
- Graham Rawle’s Wonder Quiz - The Observer. 1994
- Lying Doggo - The Observer. 1993
Visiting Lectures since 1998
- University of Brighton
- School of Visual Arts, New York
- University of Seoul, Korea
- Royal College of Art, London
- Central St Martin’s, London
- California State University
- Norwich School of Art and Design
- Camberwell College of Arts
- Minneapolis College of Art & Design
- Oxford University
- University of Sussex
- University of Dundee
- Kingston University
- University of Minnesota
- Anglia Ruskin University
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- Teesside University
- University West of England, Bristol
- London College of Communication
- Cardiff School of Art
- University of Lincoln
- University - Creative Arts, Maidstone
- University of Hertfordshire
- Southampton University
- Chelsea College of Art and Design
- University of Portsmouth
- Kent Institute of Art and Design
- Exeter University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Batley School of Art & Design
- Plymouth University
- UWCN Wales
- The Arvon Foundation, Devon
- Roanne State College, Tennessee.
- Ecole Superieur D’Art et de Design, Amiens, France
- Université du Toulouse le Mirail ESAV, France
- University College, Falmouth
- York, St John University
- Nottingham Trent University
- Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts
Citations, Reviews and Awards
- Levesley, R., & Bosward, M., Illustrated Worlds. Varoom Lab Issue 2.
- Beaulieu, D., Poets, Killers and Collagists, Capilano Review, North Vancouver, Canada
- Zeegen, L., 50 Years of Contemporary Illustration, Laurence King Publishing
- McCarthy, S., The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator: New Models for Communicating, BIS Publishers BV
- Lehrer, W., Warren Lehrer's Book List. Designers & Books, New York.
- Maziarczyk, G., The Novel as Book: Textual Materiality in Contemporary Fiction in English, Wydawnictwo KUL, Lublin, Poland. The Narrator As Type (face): Graham Rawle’s Woman’s World, Chapter, p74-83
- Poynor, R., Collage Culure: Nostalgia and Critique, Design Observer Group, Observatory. Online interview with David Banash.
- McCarthy, S., The Designer As...Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating. BIS Publishers BV
- Kick, R., The Graphic Canon Vol 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest, Seven Stories Press, New York. Chapter The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Photo-Dioramas by Graham Rawle (11 pages)
- O'Reilly, J, Rules! Varoom, Association of Illustrators, Issue 21
- Brillenburg Wurth, K., Espi, S.R., vand de Ven, I., Visual Text and Media Divergence: Analogue Writing In A Visual Age, European Journal of English Studies, Vol 7 Issue 1.
- Maziarczyk, G., The Novel as Book: Textual Materiality in Contemporary Fiction. Studies in Literature and Culture vol 7. Wydawnictwo KUL, Lubin, Poland. Chapter: 'The Narrator as Type (face): Graham Rawle's Woman's World pp74-83
- Guardian Books Podcast: Fiction that pushes the limits of design. (interview)
- Graphic Design: Now In Production – Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (Book)
- Love British Books 2012 - Museum of Art and Literature, Yerevan, Armenia. (exhibition catalogue)
- Logan, K., 21 Revolutions, Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women's Library (online, podcast, radio)
- Bailly-Maitre, M-A., Typographie & Literature: Links between writing and typographic form in Literature, Poetry and Humanities. (blog)
- Bray, Gibbons, McHale (eds) The Routledge Companion to Literature, Chapter - Multimodal Literature and Experimentation. Routledge, Oxon, UK.
- Grigorian, N., BaldwinT,. Rigaud-Drayton, M (eds) Text and Image in Modern European Culture. Chapter: J Madloch, 'How to Read a Poetic Phototext' Perdue University Press. West Lafayette, IN, USA.
- Ingram, S., Translation, Transmediality, Comparative Literature, York University, Toronto, Canada. The Canadian Center for German and European Studies
- The Card by Graham Rawle - Alexander Masters, The Guardian (review)
- The Card by Graham Rawle - Independent (review)
- Word and Image in Perfect Harmony - Byte the Book (review)
- The Card by Graham Rawle - The Scotsman (review)
- Graham Rawle - Kensington and Chelsea Review (Interview/review)
- The Card by Graham Rawle - Manchester Evening News (review -syndicated nationally)
- This Summer's Must Read Books - The Card - Time Out (London)
- The Card by Graham Rawle – Metro, London (review)
- Woman's World - Double Magazine, Paris
- Writing with Scissors - Left Lion magazine
- Writing with Scissors: Graham Rawle Woman's World- Hyperallergic
- Here-Now: The Anthology of Prose, Poetry, Visual, Found, E- and other Hybrid Writings as Contemporary, Conceptual Art. Steve Tomasula, University of Alabama Press. (Book)
- Peepshow Collective – Index Books. (Book)
- Illustrators must draw outside the lines to fulfil their creative urges - Times Higher Education Magazine
- The Authorial Illustrator – Atlantic Press (Book)
- Shift Linguals: Cut-up Narratives from William S. Burroughs to the Present (Postmodern Studies) Edward S. Robinson , Editions Rodopi B.V. (Book)
- Posthumanities and Post-textualities: Reading The Raw Shark Texts and Woman’s World, Kiene Brillenburg Worth, Comparative Literature, Duke University Press, Oregon. (Book)
- Old and New Medialities in Foer’s Tree of Codes Comparative Literature and Culture Volume 13 Issue 3 Article 14 Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Purdue University Press. (Anthology)
- The Meterreferential Turn of Contemporary Arts and Media: Forms, Functions, Attempts at Explanantion (Studies in Intermediality) Werner Wolf (editor) Editions Rodopi B.V. (Book)
- Unstuck: 52 Ways to Get (and Keep) Your Creativity Flowing – Noah Scalin. (Book)
- 'Graham Rawle’s Wizard of Oz' – The One Show. BBC TV (TV appearance)
- Multimodality, Cognition, and Experimental Literature, (Chapter) Woman's World. Alison Gibbons, Routledge. (Book)
- The 2010 Word & Image Conference in Dijon - Texte et Image: La Théorie au 21ème Siecle (Word and Image: Theory in the 21st Century) Presentation 'Towards Multimodal Narratology' Grzegorz Maziarczyk
- 'Valley of the Dolls, The Wizard of Oz' – The Baum Bugle USA. (Magazine)
- 'Woman’s World, Being Female in the 60s' – Room 101 USA (Online magazine review)
- 'Woman’s World' – The Front Table USA. (Online magazine review)
- 'Overlooked Books of the Decade' – The Daily Beast, USA. (Online magazine review)
- Woman’s World – Matt Groening, Minneapolis Star and Tribune (Newspaper review)
- 'Graham Rawle Work in Progress' – Night Waves, BBC Radio 3. (Radio Interview)
- Illustrated Children’s Books – Black Dog Publishing. (Book)
- 'Woman’s World' – I-D Magazine USA. (Magazine feature)
- 'Woman’s World' – The Kenyon Review USA. (Online magazine)
- 'Wizard of Oz According to Graham Rawle' – WCCO TV Minneapolis. (Television.)
- 'Paper Cuts, Woman’s World' – Montreal Mirror (Newspaper review/ feature)
- 'Wizard of Oz' – San Diego Union Tribune (Newspaper review)
- 'How You Make the Sausage' – Comixology USA.
- 'Woman’s World' – Chronicle Herald, Canada. (Newspaper review)
- 'My Life is the Art of Scraping By' – Sunday Times, Ireland. (Newspaper interview)
- 'Is there Something in the Tea?' – Sunday Tribune, Ireland. (Newspaper interview)
- 150 Years of Brighton – University of Brighton (Book)
- 'On Woman’s World' – Georgia Straight, Canada
- '60 Second Interview' – Metro, Ireland. (Newspaper interview)
- 'Dorothy follows new road in British artist’s wizardly reimagining of OZ' – MinnPost
- 'The Doll’s House' – Observer Magazine (Magazine interview/ feature)
- 'Weird Wizard' – The New Yorker. (Magazine interview/ feature)
- 'Graham Rawle My Own Private Oz' – The Times Magazine (Magazine interview/ feature)
- 'Graham Rawle’s New Vision of Oz' – Los Angeles Times (Newspaper review)
- 'Woman’s World' – BBC Radio Belfast - (Radio appearance)
- 'The Wizard of Oz' – Crafts Magazine. (Magazine review)
- 'Tarefe de Casa' (Woman's World) TPM, Portugal. (Magazine feature)
- 'A novel Idea' – Ryan Bigge, Toronto Star, Canada (Newspaper review)
- '40,000 Not-Very-Easy-Pieces' – Boris Katchka, New York Magazine
- 'The Wizard of Oz' – OutFront Colorado USA
- 'The Wizard of Oz' – Foreword Magazine USA
- 'Building the Emerald City' – The Morning News USA. (Online newspaper review)
- 'Buy this: Graham Rawle’s Wizard of Oz' – Cinematical USA
- 'No Place Like Oz' – The Big Picture USA
- 'The Yellow Brick Road gets a Fresh Lick of Paint' – The Scotsman (Magazine interview)
- 'Return to Oz' – Wonderland (Magazine interview/ feature)
- 'A Cut and Paste Masterpiece' – Paul Matwychuk, See Magazine. (USA) (Magazine review)
- 'Woman’s World' – Time Out, New York
- 'Woman’s World' – Beatrice Smigasiewicz, Feminist Review, (USA)
- 'He do the police in different voices' – Institute for the Future of the Book
- 'Recommended Reading' – Publishers Weekly (USA)
- 'Cover Girl' – Nerve.com
- 'Woman’s World' – Boing Boing Net. Very Short List
- 'Illustrate This' – Frieze Magazine
- 'The Missing Links' – 3:AM Magazine
- TheMorningNews.org (USA)
- 'Woman’s World' – Out Magazine (USA)
- 'A Way With Words' – Northern Woman
- 'Cut and Paste' – Eryn Loeb, Bookslut
- Introducing Language in Use – Routledge
- 'Woman’s World' – Tin House Volume 8 No 1
- 'Unusual Typography' – Mariella Frostrup, Zoe Sadokierski, Rick Poynor, Open Book Radio 4
- 'The Ecstasy of Influence' – Jonathan Letham, Harpers
- 'Basics Illustration: Text and Image' – Mark Wigan, AVA Publishing
- 'Woman’s World' – Ian McMillan, The Verb, Radio 3
- 'Woman’s World' – Mark Lawson, Front Row, Radio 4
- 'Graham Rawle Photoshop be Damned' – Phoebe Reilly, I-D New York
- 'Longest collaged novel' – Guinness Book of World Records
- 'Graham Rawle' (Woman's World) DIF - Ficha Técnica, Portugal
- 'The Education of a Graphic Designer' - Steven Heller (Book)
- 'Powder and Paste' – Tom Phillips, The Guardian (Newspaper review)
- 'Paste-up Ladies' – Rick Poynor, Eye Magazine (Magazine review)
- 'A Writer’s Life' – Alexander Masters, Daily Telegraph (Newspaper interview/ feature)
- 'Piecing Together a Life' – Claire Alfree, Metro, 2005 (Newspaper interview/ feature)
- 'No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism' – Rick Poynor, Laurence King. (Book)
- 'Games for a Laugh. Art you can play with'. Time Out. (Magazine feature)
- 'Diary' – Jonathan Meades, The Spectator (Magaizine article)
- 'This Little Piggy went to Market,' Ann Treneman, The Times (Newspaper interview/feature)
- 'A Digital Dolly?' – Robert Mason, Norwich School of Art
- 'All in the Mind' - Tom Dykhoff, The Guardian
- 'A Kind of Glue' – Jonathan Romney, The Guardian
- 'Language through the Looking Glass – Exploring Language and Linguistics,' Marina Yaguello, Oxford University Press
- 'CAE Listening and Speaking,' Pye/Grenall, Cambridge University Press
- 'Design, Capability and Awareness,' Morrison/ Twyford, Longman
"The most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade. . . Like all great artists, Rawle has used the constraints of this exercise as a fiercely enabling liberation. . . This book is a work of genius."
(Neel Mukherjee, The Times, 2006)
"A breathtaking - and breathtakingly idiosyncratic - work."
(The Observer, 2006)
"A brilliant invention, allowing full lyrical use of the available material, which Rawle gathers and pleats into rhapsodic riffs of garment ecstasy. . . A tale that moves with the pace of a thriller, with as many cliffhanging chapter endings and swerves of story. Woman's World may prove metafiction's first bestseller."
(Tom Phillips, The Guardian, 2005)
"What begins as an exquisitely wayward work of art and outright comic masterpiece transforms into a galloping plot of serious literary intent. Woman's World is charming, chilling, sinister, surreal and utterly unforgettable."
(Samantha Boyce, Scotsman, 2005)
"The novel's powerful, twisting plot offers a serious interrogation of the sexual stereotypes that can exert such a perverse influence over the vulnerable. What emerges is a tender love story in which an apparently happy ending also contains dark elements of unfinished business. The narrative, it turns out, is as peculiar as the presentation."
(Daily Telegraph, 2006)
"Compellingly eccentric… a clever hybrid of cultural critique and domestic farce."
(Time Out, New York 2008)
"Five years in the making, Rawle's book is both a work of art and an astonishingly moving, funny novel. This is an ingenious, wonderful book."
(Scotland on Sunday, 2005)
"Rawle's narrative grips as a reading experience from start to finish. His appropriation of the found material is so seamless and artful that words by an unnamed army of women's magazine writers read as his own. Rawle transforms the linguistic clichs peddled by these magazines into something fresh, subtly subversive and often laugh-out-loud funny. . .This novel's triumph is that it works on every level."
(Rick Poynor, Eye Magazine 2005)
"Brilliant… It’s garish and funny, a tour de force."
(Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, 2009)
"Woman's World sparkles with linguistic mischief while detailing a moving and psychologically acute story."
(Claire Alfree , Metro, 2005)
"Entirely mesmerizing…The effect is hilarious, then ominous, and ultimately very dark. . .There is much more to be said about the crazy brilliance of this novel. I'm tempted to place it in the genealogy of great 18th century comedies such as 'Tom Jones' or 'Tristram Shandy'."
(Bethany Schneider, Newsday 2008)
"Wildly clever and painstakingly crafted...It is Rawle’s ability to shape endearing, troubled characters who wring a heartfelt response that makes this novel so compelling."
(Chronicle Herald, Canada 2009)
"Fresh and inventive. . .Woman’s World is an absorbing, unsettling story that uses the niceties of found material to spell out darker themes. It’s an amazing mash-up, a beautifully bizarre accomplishment that might inspire copycats if it didn’t require such staggering discipline to pull off."
(Erin Loeb, BOOKSLUT, 2008)
"As an art project, Woman's World is an astonishing feat. As a work of experimental text, it is pure quirky goodness. As commentary on woman's magazines and pre-feminism 1960s, it brims with colourful irony."
(Globe and Mail, Canada 2009)
"A page-turning thriller that’s utterly original yet retains the sensibility of its source material. Even without Rawle’s amazing facsimile presentation, Woman’s World stands on its own as a delightfully dark suspense novel about a family with a horrible secret."
(Very Short List, 2008)
"If genius and madness go hand in hand, this text is the proof. . . the genius is that this isn't a mere novelty, but a perfect marriage of form and function. Genius."
(Gay Times 2005)
- Honorary Doctorate - Norwich University of the Arts 2012
- Shortlisted for Best Book at the 2013 Writers' Guild Awards (The Card)
- I-D Forty (2006) Chosen by I-D magazine (New York) as one of the I-D Forty, its annual list of top forty innovators in design.
- Book of the Year 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards (Wizard of Oz)
- Best Illustrated Trade Book, 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards (Wizard of Oz)
- 2012 Elected member of the Art Workers Guild, London
Juries, committees and editorial boards
- Judge – Paddon Award, 2014
- Judge – D&AD Awards, 2010
- Judge – V&A Illustration Awards, 2010
- PhD Examiner, Glasgow School of Art, 2009
- Judge - D&AD Awards 2007
- Judge - Porter Claystation My-Bag London, 2006
- Judge - Association Of Illustrators Awards, 2002
- 21st Century Storytelling - Sense Worldwide reseraching on behalf of the BBC