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“The girl who fell to earth” graphic novel by Luella Bartley and Zoë Taylor

Luella Bartley, design director of Marc by Marc Jacobs, teams up with illustrator Zoë Taylor for a graphic story that pays homage to Port Eliot, one of the most celebrated festivals of music, poetry and literature that takes place every year in Cornwall. Titled “The girl who fell to earth”, the book is a coming-of-age fairytale of “feminism and freedom” and features the adventures of a celestial princess that falls from her planet, ruled by rationalism and science, and lands on earth, right in the Port Eliot festival. The princess goes through a long, transformative process, and slowly discovers a life she never knew could exist, full of dreams, joy and romanticism.

The idea for the book was born in 2012, as part of a collaborative illustration and writing workshop held by Taylor and Bartley during the Port Eliot festival, and features quotes by various participants of that time, among them Geoff Dyer, John Cooper Clarke and Stephen Frears. “Port Eliot feels like a nicest side of life and humanity – it’s books, music, drinking, food – and in some hippy way, it’s how life should be but isn’t,” explained Luella to Style Bubble. “I wanted this girl to land on Earth in Port Eliot and experience the poetry, the readings, the music – it’s this innocent and romantic view of what life on Earth could be.” The book was presented at this year’s Port Eliot festival with great success and is expected to hit the stores in September.