David Litchfield’s Début Picture Book – The Bear and the Piano

David has hit the ground running at Bright securing his first picture book deals in both the UK and the US. His distinctive style mixes colour and drama to inspire an incredible atmosphere which creates a huge scale from which to entertain his readers.

David's début Picture Book - The Bear and the Piano (published with Frances Lincoln), is available for pre-order now!

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David first began drawing when he was very young, creating Star Wars & Indiana Jones mash-up comics for his older brother and sister. His illustration heroes and biggest influences are Albert Uderzo, Sylvan Chomet, Jon Klassen and Shaun Tan. He uses a variety of techniques to create his illustrations and considers himself to be a mixed media artist as he usually combines all the elements together in Photoshop.

David Litchfield is represented by Bright 

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Storytime Sunday with Little Tiger Press & Waitrose!

Following on from a SOLD OUT Storytime Sunday with Sue Hendra last month, we were so pleased to gain the same fantastic feedback this time around at our April event with Ada Grey

With a 10am start,  Ada Grey was raring to read her illustrated Hippobottymus (Little Tiger Press) to the crowd of eagerly awaiting children. Monkey impressions, Crocodile snaps, bubble dances galore – the group of avid fans were up on their feet joining in the jungle fun. After the reading, the families were invited to design their own hippos and colour in sheets of their favourite characters alongside the creative guidance of Ada (her bubble machine!) and Little Tiger Editor, Ellie Farmer!

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Throughout the morning, the kids were making full use of the giant chalk board wall – doodling alongside both Ada & Laura – and enjoying the array of pastries & refreshments the Doodle Bar had supplied. Donations for Great Ormond Street Hospital were taken from start to finish – the Waitrose Easter baskets were a hit and kids were lining up for a signed copy of Ada’s book!

Ada Grey is represented by Bright Group 

Tolkien Society Awards 2015 – Fabio Leone wins ‘BEST ARTWORK’

Bright would like to offer a huge congratulations to our long-standing artist Fabio Leone for his recent Tolkien Society Best Artwork Award!

His winning piece,  “Ulmo appears before Tuor“ is based on the book “The Silmarillion”, written by J.R.R Tolkien and edited by Christipher Tolkien. As a seasoned and immensely talented digital painter, Fabio’s stunning entry encompasses challenging subject matter that he has fully realised to a fantastical level – bringing the words to life.

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The Tolkien Society Awards recognise excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlighting their long-standing objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE”.

Fabio Leone is represented by Bright 

Yasmeen Ismail – Official Illustrator of BP National Portrait Award Family Trail 2015

Every year, The National Portrait Gallery runs the BP National Portrait awards – inviting the world to take part in a prestigious & respected competition that more often than not contributes a global portfolio of stunning portraiture.

Alongside this amazing exhibition of hand-picked portraits,  families are invited to take part in their family trail to amuse children and get them interested/understanding art and portraits.  Part of the family trail is made up of illustrated vinyl stickers & a pamphlet type worksheet for kids to draw in, complete with competitions. Each year, a noted creative is chosen to illustrate this family trail – previous illustrators for this project have been Jenni Desmond and Salvatore Rubbino.

It comes to no surprise to us therefore, that our very own Yasmeen Ismail was interviewed and chosen to illustrate the characters for the family trail 2015!

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Yasmeen’s impressive publishing portfolio, her inky/delicate style and vivid use of delectable colour have earned her this honoured position at The National Portrait Gallery.

Congratulations to Yasmeen for another illustration triumph!

The BP portrait awards are in their 36th year and will run between the 18th of June to the 20th of September.

Yasmeen Ismail is represented by Bright Group

Sue Hendra Leads March Storytime Sunday at The Doodle Bar!

The second Storytime collaboration between Bright and unique event space The Doodle Bar will see multi-award winning and 7th biggest UK selling Author Illustrator Sue Hendra leading a feast of creative activities for Storytime Sunday on 22nd March, 10am – 12pm. The exclusive 2 hour event will comprise of hilarious readings and fun crafts aimed at fans of Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell (Simon & Schuster) and Sue’s newly animated Wanda and the Alien (Random House). Signed copies of the books and an array of colourful merchandise will be available to buy on the day! This is a free event but booking is essential as places are limited. 

 

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As advocates of promoting and sharing the joy of reading and story telling, Bright and the Doodle Bar are incredibly pleased to announce the next Storytime event occuring at the end of this month. With our ten years of industry experience, we understand the importance of taking a book beyond the book shelf and actively encourage every Bright creative to engage with their key audiences to drive discoverability and build the foundations of commercial success. Last year saw the yuletide success of our first Storytime Sunday, featuring Bright artists Nicola O’Byrne and Ben Mantle with their illustrated books Open Very Carefully(Nosy Crow) and Rudey’s Windy Christmas (HarperCollins). The event was a rousing success and a creatively indulgent Sunday was had by all. Read more about this event here.

 

Sue Hendra is represented by The Bright Group

Down the Rabbit Hole : Keith Robinson Celebrates a Literary Milestone

Keith Robinson‘s raw talent for strong characterisation and indisputable drawing skills have made him an irreplaceable credit to the Bright family for the past 3 years. Therefore it came to no surprise as the 150th Anniversary of Alice in wonderland arrived this year, that the UK creative was hand picked to illustrate an issue of stamps commemorating the globally loved story. Previously, Keith had worked with Guernsey Post to create several stamp issues and their children’s character, Penny the Postie, who features in two picture books he also author illustrated.

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Keith Robinson is represented by the Bright Group 

Migy Blanco at Books of Wonder

Books of Wonder is one of New York’s well-known children’s bookstore, having been established over two decades ago and is a global place of gathering for book lovers far and wide. Each month they hold a Picture Book panel that features the latest books being published and their creators - Bright’s UK artist Migy Blanco was one of 4 creators invited on Sunday 8th February to share the process of making their books and read aloud their beautiful stories.

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Migy’s And Away We Go seemed to be the perfect book for such an occasion, as it is set in NYC and features a hot air balloon lifting off for an adventure into space with various animals jumping on board - and this is what the weekend felt like for Bright — lifting off into new wonderful adventures together in the US!
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 Henry Holt published Migy’s book and his editor, Sally Doherty attended the event along with their publicist.

Migy Blanco is represented by Bright Group International

5 Bright Artists Nominated for 2015 Kate Greenaway Award & Benji Moves On to Longlist!

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The entire Bright team would like to offer a huge congratulations to Benji Davies, who's illustrated book On Sudden Hill with author Linda Sarah has been chosen as one of the twenty titles long listed for the globally prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award 2015!

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, and is awarded annually for outstanding book illustration for children and young people. The winner receives a golden medal awarded by CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice and £5000 cash prize. Previous winners include world famous and publishing celebrities Jon Klassen, Catherine Rayner and Emily Gravett.

Bright were humbled to have been part of the nominations last year with Nicola O'Byrne's Open Very Carefully (Nosy Crow) and Yasmeen Ismail's Time for Bed Fred (Bloomsbury) - both of which went on to win The Waterstones Children's Book Award and V&A Best Picture Book Award independently. Last October we were also excited to see another five of our Bright creatives nominated for the Kate Greenaway award 2015, each of whom have incredible years ahead of them with new books, events and even more concepts to be sold!

It is a huge honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award as Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award and so we all would like to extend our congratulations to Gabriel Alborozo, Yasmeen Ismail, Nicola O'Byrne and Sebastien Braun for appearing on the exclusive list this year.

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Making it through to the next round of the award, On Sudden Hill is the timeless and poignant story of friendship, adventure and childhood told through the delicate and colourful illustrations of Benji Davies. Internationally acclaimed Benji won Oscar's First Book Prize last year with The Storm Whale (Simon & Schuster) and continues to wow his avid fans with a highly anticipated follow up title publishing this year Grandad's Island (Simon & Schuster). With a golden year ahead of him already, we would like to wish the best of luck to Benji and On Sudden Hill when the shortlist is announced on Tuesday 17 March.

Bright Artist Rebecca Elliott in talks with Clare Balding – BBC Radio 2

Last year, our very own rising star Rebecca Elliott made an appearance on BBC Radio 2 alongside nationally loved & publicly acclaimed Clare Balding, OBE. The interview, which took place in the last half our of the show, focused on Rebecca’s publishing inspiration from her daughter Clemmie and two sons, Toby and Benjamin. Rebecca is one of the first storytellers to tackle ethical subjects such as disability and death within her illustrations – portraying ‘heart-warming rather than heart-breaking’ story lines. Having taken part in her ‘fair share’ of commercial children’s books, Rebecca wanted to share and explore the subjects that children are genuinely interested in and ask daily questions about, but for some reason, no one wants to discuss.

Rebecca Elliott is represented by The Bright Agency

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Lorena Alvarez : Noon Balloon (Parragon)

Over the city, high above the sea, into a storm, and through a sky full of airplanes, the Noon Balloon is off on a magical journey. Read along as the boy, girl, and little dog fly away for a truly magical adventure from the hidden treasures of Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children’s classics Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

Having joined Bright in 2011, Lorena Alvarez has gone from strength to strength in the publishing world – developing a bold digital style that has become incredibly sort after. Her ability to create animated and personable characters within colourfully intricate scenes never ceases to stun readers!

Published 26th December 2014 – Buy The Noon Balloon here

Lorena Alvarez is represented by Bright Group

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