Pansy Boy (Hardcover)

By Paul Harfleet

Barbican Press, 9781909954243, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2018

List Price: 25.00*
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In this graphic novel in rhymed couplets, a young boy tackles homophobia in school by planting pansies at the site of homophobic attacks, taking strength from the flowers he loves. The power of his actions empowers his school to value what is delicate and different. The book comes to life in vivid graphic art and comes complete with a personal field guide to the flowers and birds included in its pages.

About the Author

Paul Harfleet trained at the Manchester School of Art. Pansy Boy is a creative extension of Paul’s ongoing artwork, The Pansy Project. The artist has been planting pansies at the site of homophobia since 2005. In 2015, Harfleet was the subject of an award-winning documentary commissioned by CANAL+. His work is currently on show at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.