Primordial Soup: A Graphic Novel by Year Eight Classics Students at Cheney

We are delighted to announce that “Primordial Soup”, a graphic novel written by Year Eight Classics students at Cheney School from September to December 2020, is now out!

You can read the full book here (please click on the cover):

In September 2020, the two Year Eight Latin classes took part in a project to design, write and illustrate a graphic novel which imagines the primordial Greek gods in modern day Oxford. They found out all about the different primordial gods, explored the art form of the graphic novel, and looked at how ancient characters have been imagined in different settings. They then chose characters and story lines, and worked together as a group to decide how to plan the story arc and what to call it. In the end, they settled on having a compilation of mini stories, which they decided to call “Primordial Soup”! 

Below is their back cover introduction:

Long before Zeus and his gang took over, the Primordials were running the show. Overthrown and forgotten, somehow they’ve ended up living out their lives in twenty-first century Oxford.

Chronus owns a clock shop in St Clements and Gaia is running allotments up the Cowley Road. Oceanus lives in a boat on the River Cherwell and Memnosyne has a cafe nearby. Nyx and Erebus are warring over night and day in the backstreets. Meanwhile several others are living in a tower block incognito, until an unwitting human moves in next door…

Explore the unexpected tales of the Primordial Greek Gods as they hang about, plot and squabble in modern day Oxford!

We are fortunate to have been supported in this project by Ahmed Alameen, a Kuwaiti author who has created a graphic novel based on characters from the epic Gilgamesh. We are also lucky to have been joined in this project by Oxford Brookes University Artist Lydia Hall. Lydia worked with the students on the artwork for the story, and turned their artwork and ideas into a cohesive graphic novel.

We are very grateful to have been supported by a grant from Classics for All for this initiative.

We hope you enjoy their stories!

Lorna Robinson, Director of the Iris Project and Classics Centre at Cheney School

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