Yorkshire’s under threat – from extreme weather, extreme pollution and extreme grouse-shooting. The Costa-winning duo behind graphic novel Rain talk us through its deeper meanings
Rain is hammering down on Mary and Bryan Talbot’s back garden, shaking a majestic rowan tree laden with bright orange berries. It’s a beautiful sight, but it worries them. Birds have usually stripped the berries by now, Mary explains. Does this mean the avian population of Sunderland is in decline?
A rowan tree closely modelled on this one plays a dramatic role in their new graphic novel, which is driven by just such environmental concerns. Rain is the fourth project of the author-illustrator team, who made history in 2012 by winning the Costa biography prize with Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, their collaborative debut about Lucia Joyce, daughter of James.