Neal Layton Illustrates Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton

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Teaming Neal Layton's anarchic illustrations with Andy Stanton's absurd text was always going to be a match made in surreal heaven. The hilarious result is their first picture book together, Danny McGee Drinks the Sea, published by Hodder Children's Books.

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Hannah George – Chicken Mission

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In 'Chicken Mission: The Mystery of Stormy Island' Amy Cluckbucket takes a trip to the seaside. Hannah George has illustrated Amy's adventures in the fabulous conclusion to this brilliant series written by Jennifer Gray and published by Faber & Faber.

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Garry Walton – Channel Shore

Garry Walton was delighted to be asked to illustrate the cover of  ‘Channel Shore’ by Tom Fort. Garry worked with the design team at Simon and Schuster to create the cover art for Tom’s previous title ‘The A303 - Highway To The Sun’ and was thrilled to be asked to illustrate this next book in the series.

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‘Channel Shore’ takes the reader on a fascinating, discursive journey from east to west, to find out what the English Channel means to us and what is so special about the English seaside. We love Garry’s cover illustration - it conjours up memories of lazy summer days at the beach!

Garry Walton is represented by Meiklejohn

Carrie May creates a new look for Fern Britton’s best selling title

We love Carrie May’s cover art for the paperback and ebook editions of 'A Seaside Affair’. Carrie worked with the design team at Harper Collins to create a new look for Fern Britton’s best selling title. Carrie used her trademark textures and experimented with a bolder colour palette to create this charming artwork. 'A Good Catch' Fern's latest release is out at the end of the month, featuring another one of Carrie's stunning artworks.

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Carrie May is represented by New Division

Benji takes the Oscars by Storm

As soon as I saw this book I fell in love with the cover and hoped that the rest of it would live up to my expectations. It far exceeded them. The sort of book I would be proud and excited to buy as a present for every young child I know.’  Viveka Alvestrand, Oscar’s Mother.

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Bright Author-Illustrator Benji Davies recently won Oscar’s First Book Prize 2014 for his hauntingly moving ‘The Storm Whale’. The £5000 award is held by The Evening Standard in memory of Oscar Ashton, a lover of stories who sadly passed away unexpectedly aged 3 1/2 years. The Bright Agency were ecstatic and overwhelmed to represent 3 of the 5 Illustrators who made it to the final five and secured the book deal for a 4th:

Benji Davies - ‘The Storm Whale’ (Simon & Schuster)

Nicola O’Byrne - ‘Open very carefully’ (Nosy Crow)

Lee Wildish (& Charlotte & Adam Guillain) - ‘Spaghetti with the Yeti’ (Egmont)

Philippa Leathers – ‘The Black Rabbit’ was also a Bright publishing deal with Walker.

As a business celebrating it’s 10th year in the publishing world, Bright are incredibly proud to represent over half the nominees on this list. Nurturing new found talent as well as supporting established names is a key factor in the company’s working ethos. The Bright nominees have grown with the agency and are just small examples of what can happen when agent and creative really collaborate to achieve amazing artwork and stories that then turn into industry-shaping book deals.

The final 5 were narrowed down from an original 57 entries by a panel of esteemed judges and some very critical young readers. All involved were searching for books that could easily be read by children under 5 as well as being appreciated by their adult counterparts. Judge Charlotte Ross said that the books on the shortlist were “both timeless and original, and we picked tales with images and words that fired the imagination”.

But overall, the winning book was picked because the judges believed Oscar and his vivid imagination would have loved it to – because of this, Benji and Bright are honored and truly humbled to be a part of such an amazing award.

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Robyn Neild

Robyn Neild was delighted to be asked to illustrate the cover of the paperback edition of 'The Holiday Home' by Fern Britton. Having already created the cover art for the hardback edition, Robyn's whimsical illustration style perfectly reflects the warm and humorous tone of Fern's writing.

Robyn Neild is represented by New Division

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