About me

My name is Lydia Wysocki

My email is lydiawysocki (at) hotmail (dot) com

My twitter is https://twitter.com/@lyd_w

The letters I have earned the right to put after my name are: SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy); PG Cert (Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, Newcastle University); MEd (Master’s in Education: International Development and Education, Newcastle University); CELTA (Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults); BA (Bachelor of Arts in History, University of York with an exchange year at the University of California Santa Cruz).

Brief bio (educational researcher version)

I am an educational researcher working with Cultural Historical Activity Theory, Critical Race Theory/Critical Whiteness Studies, and Marxism. I use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, with a specialism in comics as a method in social science research. My current research interests are: how the comics people read contribute to their sense of national identity; expanding the sociocultural concept of Raceclass to a UK context; a co-production methodology for making comics that communicate research to specific audiences.

Brief bio (creative arts practice version)

My work encompasses both academic research in education and making comics and print as creative arts practice. As a researcher and educator, I am interested in how comics can communicate information and values, and how different people read the same comics. As a comics creator, my work includes both quick documentary sketching and slower printmaking processes (linocut, etching, monoprint, letterpress). These interests come together in large collaborative comics publications and workshops through my organisation Applied Comics Etc, working with other comics creators and subject specialists.

FAQ about me

  • can you make me a…? Maybe (unlikely). I like collaborations and commissions. I am busy, so am currently taking on very few collaborations or commissions. By all means ask –specific asks (that mention specific content/visual references with a realistic budget and timescale, and some connection to my interests) will likely receive closer attention than more general queries.
  • will you talk to my class/group/organisation/…? Maybe. Tell me what your event is about and what parts of my work interest you. I do lots of talks to lots of different audiences. I am happy to consider invitations that are relevant to my interests, have a realistic timescale, and (ideally) cover my travel expenses.
  • printmaking like printouts? No, very much no. I like messy inky processes and big old heavy printing presses. This book explains some of the different techniques in printmaking.
  • how did you come to do all these things? Here’s a link to my old blog https://hellolyd.wordpress.com. There’s some useful stuff on there and it does show progress, but it’s old and inconsistent and no longer updated.
  • what’s your favourite food? Usually pizza.


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