Bristol-based illustrator Alys Jones has created a fictional graphic story depicting the experiences of characters from the local area, with a particular focus on the use of the ‘White City’ exhibition site as a training camp and barracks, to give a sense of how Bristol went to war in 1914. It is featured in the Great Reading Adventure book Bristol and the First World War.
Alongside the graphic story, Alys has produced a body of developmental drawings in a variety of media, which could potentially be exhibited. Research from the Bristol Records Office and other sources informs the work and provides a narrative backdrop, but the outcome aims to provide a sense of time, place and atmosphere, rather than a strictly factual representation of events.
Alys set up a WordPress blog to track her progress at http://fromwhitecitytowar.wordpress.com/.
She appeared at the First World War Day: Bristol 2014 Arts Projects event on 15 November at Watershed in a joint session with Steve Bell.