ABOUT ME

Hi!

I’m Charlotte – writer, comic artist, filmmaker & creative coach based in Birmingham, UK.

I use film, essays & comics to explore my interests in my Jamaican-English heritage, people & sustainable futures.

I’m currently working on a few speculative fiction stories and a collaborative graphic novel about our relationship with mental health.

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Charlotte Bailey Black British Creative Charlottewithink

I work with Afroflux and AfroFutures_UK, collectives focused on re-imagining and building a sustainable future that includes black communities. My focus is on the ways heritage, digital media & algorithm shape our reality, sense of self and the decisions we make.

I’m also on the committee for LDComics, an international women-led graphic novel forum that champions autobiography and stories about the every day. I host workshops on self promotion & mindset.

See past Talks & Workshops I’ve hosted here.

My work is shaped by…

  • a typical INFJ personality
  • being the eldest of four sisters
  • studying Psychology, Philosophy, English Literature & a year abroad in Japan

Most influential books I’ve read:

Parable of the Talents – Octavia Butler
The Dispossessed – Ursula le Guin
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lorde
E-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber
Utopia for Realists – Rutger Gregman
The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

Comics

My journey into comics came through watching Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, opening a gateway to the epic world of Manga. Now I’m inspired by comic artist-writers like Una, Liana Finick, Eleanor Davis, Marjane Satrapi, Dan Berry, Nicola Streeten, Rachael Ball, Wallis Eates, Emma Burleigh…just to name a few that come to mind.

Music

Janelle Monae, Emily King, Stevie Wonder, Magnetic Fields, Talking Heads, Haim, Nina Simone, the Steven Universe soundtrack…recently I’ve been doing most of my work listening to Lofi hip hop beats to relax to.

TV Shows

I watch a lot of binge-worthy TV shows like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Expanse, A Handmaids Tale, Pose, Fleabag, Killing Eve, Westworld, Stranger Things, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek Discovery, Better Call Saul, Happy, Sense 8, Haunting of Hill House, True Detective (seasons 1 & 3 only), Outlander, Red Dwarf, Rick & Morty, Watchmen (2019), Mandalorian, The Dark Crystal: Age of Residence, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Umbrella Academy, The Orville, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Plant Earth, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Big Mouth, Euphoria, Doom Patrol, Six Feet Under, Lovecraft Country… a lot of Kdramas…

Podcasts

I consider podcasts to be a free resource for education, so as I cycle to work everyday at the moment I’m listening to UK eco-centric shows like Sustainababble, Weekly Economics Podcast, BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth, Course Correction, Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Outrage/ Optimism, Oxford University Podcast etc.

In the past I’ve really enjoyed Flash Forward, Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed, Ted Radio Hour, 99% Invisible with Roman Mars, SPI with Pat Flynn, Desert Island Discs, Make it then Tell Everybody, Design Matters by Debbie Milman and a whole bunch of marketing/ business/ self development/art & design/ psychology/ social issues.

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