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No need to finish your flag-waving, as it’s time to celebrate another queen. The Belgian Comic Strip Centre are holding a retrospective on the work of Posy Simmonds, from 12 June to 25 November in Brussels. Paul Gravett curated the exhibition with the support of the Embassy of Belgium in the United Kingdom, the British Council and the Brussels-Capital Region.As well as showing her exquisite original artwork from almost all of her published books, this retrospective presents the unseen preparatory stages and sketchbooks, as well as revealing ‘deleted scenes’: intriguing finished sequences which she dropped from both Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe. Posy has also loaned her earliest home-made, one-off comics from her childhood, and illustrations from her assorted collaborations with other writers. This timely survey of over forty years confirms that Posy Simmonds is no longer a best-kept secret, but truly a national treasure who is delighting a growing international readership.

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