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

Andrew Farley – Spy Dog

Here is Andrew Farley’s cover for the latest instalment in the brilliant Spy Dog series. ‘Spy Dog Storm Chaser’ sees Lara trying to solve the case of a strange cloud that is sitting mysteriously over  the town of Brickfield making everyone feel grumpy. At the same time sales of Ken Soop’s Chicken Soups are flying and chickens are going  missing from farms all over the country. Lara and her sidekick Professor Cortex have worked out that there is a strange connection  between these mysterious occurrences…. So an adventure involving, chicken snot, storm conductors and a giant oven follows! Andrew was thrilled to illustrate yet another cover for this fabulous series.

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Andrew Farley’s is represented by Meiklejohn

Sam Hadley – Cover Designers Awards ceremony

At the recent Cover Designers Awards ceremony - organised by The Academy of British Cover Design.

Artist Partners are proud to say that  Sam Hadley's  brilliant  book cover  image "Spiders" commissioned  for  book  two of the series  by the author  Tom Hoyle won the  Young Adult winners position.  The cover was designed by Rachel Vale from Macmillan Publishing  !

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 A  great creative  team  working together to  produce quality cover illustrations  for a unique looking  series of books.

For more information please go to the Artist Partners website .

 

Sam Hadley is represented by Artist Partners

Anna Hymas -‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’

We love Anna Hymas' black and white artworks for 'The Boy Who
Harnessed The Wind' by William Kamkwamba,  Anna's expressive style was
the perfect choice for this bold tale.  Anna was thrilled to be asked
to illustrate the Young Readers edition of this inspiring story, which
has been chosen as one of Amazon's 'Best Children's Books for 2014'.

Anna Hymas is represented by New Division

 

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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

Just Published: Steve May Illustrates More Dennis The Menace

Steve May is back with more anarchic illustrations for the fourth in the series of The Diary of Dennis The Menace: Bash Street Bandit!, published by Puffin this month.

Steve's fluid line has an energy that brilliantly suits author, Steven Butler's, hilarious text. To celebrate the launch of this book, Steve was asked to help out in the 'Draw-along' at the Puffin Virtually Live event.

Steve May is represented by Arena Illustration

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Tinder by David Roberts – nominated for the long list 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal picture book prize !

Tinder by David Roberts (illustrator) and Sally Gardner (author) (Orion Children’s Books) as reviewed by The Guardian - has been nominated for the long list 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal picture book prize !

This retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Tinderbox is a beautiful book that is very much the inspired collaboration of the outstanding writing of Sally Gardner and stunning pictures by David Roberts which makes this book so absolutely special in every way!

David Roberts represented by Artist Partner's ! 

 

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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.

Just Published: Frances Castle Cover Illustration for Stonebird

Frances Castle's illustration and hand lettering makes a powerful cover for Mike Revell's debut novel, Stonebird, published by Quercus this month.

Stonebird is a dark and exciting children's story about a boy who befriends a stone gargoyle which comes alive and changes his life in impossible ways.

Frances Castle is represented by Arena Illustration

 

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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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