George Butler: 'An illustrated talk of drawings from Mosul 2017'
Fig 2. Ursula Heath tweeting about George's talk [source unknown]
Fig 3. Zetteler tweeting about George's talk [source unknown]
Last night we were delighted to host a talk by the award winning artist and illustrator George Butler at The Koppel Project.
The evening got of to a slightly stressful start as we realised we had no projector and George had to wizz off on his scooter to get one. But the room quickly filled up with people eager to hear about George's experience of covering war zones with pen and ink.
The talk focused on his recent trip to Mosul, at a time when Daesh were holding several hundred thousand civilians hostage in the city. In April 2017 George was part of a military convoy which redirected the Emergency Response Divisions attention from the frontline in Mosul, to the city to Badoush. The hope was that the deadlock between ISIS and the Iraqi military units would be broken. His drawings exhibited a small section the frontline fighting with the Golden Division while also exploring life in some of the liberated areas of west Mosul despite the abhorrent conditions.
George captured the attention of the audience with his characteristic modesty and charm. We would like to thank him and all of our guests for coming!
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