Mezolith is an award-winning captivating, coming-of-age graphic novel by writer Ben Haggarty who is a pioneer of the European storytelling revival, having made active interventions in the UK and abroad since 1981. His long-term interest in pre-insular Britain lead him to write the Mezolith series of graphic novels. Set 10,000 years in the past, the Kansa tribe live on the eastern shores of Stone Age Britain where danger is never far away. Step by step, Poika's journey into manhood continues-caught in a mesh of tribal hunts, gatherings, and feasts determined by the waxing and waning of thirteen moons. The boundary between the real and imagined worlds blur as more and more of the Kansa cosmology is revealed in the dreams, nightmares, and ancestral beauty of Mezolith.
To tell the story of separation Ben collaborated with illustrator Adam Brockbank, and engaged archaeologists, prehistorians and anthropologists to bring to life his rich understanding of the submerged land currently known as ‘Doggerland’, which conjoined the UK to mainland Europe. After the rise in sea levels and a series of catastrophic flood events, the UK was separated from France, Belgium, Holland and Denmark circa 6,200 BC.
Ben Haggarty organised the UK’s first Storytelling Festival at Battersea Arts Centre in 1985, the UK’s largest Storytelling Festival (South Bank Centre 1989) and is also the co-founded one of the best storytelling festivals in the world Beyond the Border in Wales from 1993 – 2005. He was appointed Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin in 2009 till present.