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Publishing this Month: April

01 April 2021

We have a brilliant selection of Bright books publishing this month. Including Waterstones Children’s Book Prize nominee Beatrice Blue with Once Upon a Mermaid’s Tale, the third title in the Once Upon series; Starboard illustrated by Flavia Sorrentino, the new middle grade from Bloom author Nicola Skinner; and the latest book in the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams series with Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Maxine Lee-Mackie.

In The Studio with Fred Blunt

25 March 2021

Humour has always been top of Fred Blunt’s list when it comes to drawing and writing. Right from his early portraits of teachers, Fred knew he wanted to entertain with his work. Now writing and illustrating his own, very silly, children’s books, he couldn’t be happier. We caught up with Fred to talk about his process, how he approaches projects and take a look at his latest book Lionel the Lonely Monster (Oxford University Press), out now.

Artist Focus | Esme Lower

24 March 2021

Esme Lower is a Bristol-based illustrator who has spent the recent lockdowns re-imagining her style and experimenting with character and pattern. She enjoys working on a range of illustration projects, from packaging to poster design, with a particular interest in editorial illustration and murals. We caught up with Esme to find out more about her creative process, why she loves being part of an artistic community, and more…

Artist Focus | Crissie Rodda

24 March 2021

Crissie Rodda is an illustrator and award-winning textile designer who enjoys working with bright, bold colour palettes and describes her work as “playful, sweetly sophisticated, and ageless”. Based in New Zealand, she is inspired by nature, mid-century design, fashion and her antipodean roots. Read on to learn more about Crissie and her creative process…

The Bright Foundation

17 March 2021

For many years, The Bright Emporium has been a literary event space and community hub to our local London neighbourhood, providing book-based workshops and author and illustrator events. Founded by Bright, the Emporium saw weekend art events, explorations of brilliant books, publication launches and awards ceremonies, and even the odd Oktoberfest!

Adele Leyris for Pomplamoose Album Art

16 March 2021

Adele Leyris is a London based franco-english illustrator with a passion for nature, diversity, inclusion and adventure. Recently, she worked on the album art for Invisible People - the new album by California based band Pomplamoose. Read on to find out more about Adele’s artwork for the project and the process of designing album art…

Suzanne Washington for The Ultimate Guide to Astrology

16 March 2021

Suzanne Washington is an illustrator and surface pattern designer who began her career in print designing before moving into freelance illustration. Suzanne specialises in highly detailed and decorative illustration and is inspired by retro prints, nature, vintage collections and eclectic treasures. Her work can be described as quirky, magical and nostalgic.

Artist Focus | Jennifer Smith

03 March 2021

Jennifer Smith is a British illustrator who has worked for over a decade in the fashion industry. Jennifer has made her career in designing baby wear, creating for clients such as Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Mini Cuddles at John Lewis, and many more. She also enjoys creating illustrations for greetings cards and books.

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