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Sayra Begum is an Illustrator based in Nottingham.

In August 2020 Begum released her debut graphic novel, Mongrel, published by Knockabout Comics and supported by Art Council England. Mongrel tells the story of a girl growing up as a British Muslim caught between two cultures, challenging and tearing away the differences to reveal the common humanity. Begum is currently accepting commissions.



2016 – Falmouth University – Illustration: Authorial Practice MA

2014 – Plymouth College of Art – Illustration BA (Hons)


And Other Things

2020 – Exhibitor, In-Between, TOMA Time Bank Space, Southend-on-Sea

2020 – Exhibitor, On Point, Surface Gallery, Online

2020 – Guest Lecturer, Narrative and Storytelling, Online MA Illustration, Falmouth University

2019 – Facilitator, Movement in Memory: A Comic Book Workshop, Tate Modern, London

2019 – Guest and speaker, Portsmouth Comic Con, Hampshire

2019 – DYCP Grant, Art Council England

2018 – Speaker, Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Lake District

2018 – Exhibitor, The Inside Job, Tate Modern, London

 2017, 2018 – Guide, Tate St Ives, Cornwall

2017, 2018 – Activity leader, Memory Café, Cornwall

2017 – Visiting lecturer, Graphic Memoir, Falmouth University, Cornwall

2015, 2017 – Exhibitor, The Collaborators, The Exchange, Cornwall

2016 – Exhibitor, Saphronia, Falmouth University, Cornwall

2016 – Exhibitor, Imagined Worlds, Taunton, Bath, Nether Stowey

2016 – Atlantic Press Award for Excellence in Graphic Literature

2015 – Internship, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, Cornwall

2014 – Publication, (kV) Series, Pylon Press

2012 – Collaboration with Razwan Ul-Haq on illustrations for Sultan Vs. Dracula



15 Feb 2021 – Guest speaker, Laydeez Do Comics, Online

Spring 2021 – Comics Cultural Exchange Residency in Prague, organised by Lakes International Comic Art Festival and Czech Literary Centre

Oct 2021 – Guest, Lakes International Comic Art FestivalLake District


Reviews, Mongrel – Sayra Begum’s Study of Intergenerational Conflict and the Pull of Two Cultures Makes for an Assured Debut Graphic Novel, “we applaud it” – Mongrel by Sayra Begum, Review: Mongrel by Sayra Begum, published by Knockabout Comics, In Review: Mongrel by Sayra Begum, Mongrel: Advance Graphic Novel Review, Mongrel, Life growing up as a British Muslim is artfully documented in Sayra Begum’s autobiographical debut graphic novel, Mongrel – Sayra Begum (Knockabout)



Showcase Magazine, A graphic memoir, Lakes Festival Focus: Sayra Begum