Bright's Lucie Luddington gives her thoughts on Bologna 2022
last updated 24 March 2022
As we enter Spring with new hope and vigour, post the long days of COVID, I am starting to see signs of happy days ahead and Bologna Children’s Book Fair was no exception.
I could feel a delightful buzz and energy filtering through the halls, as I stepped through the front doors. I arrived early to prepare for a talk on the Monday morning, and as I entered, it became apparent that BOLOGNA was well and truly back.
Lucie delivering her presentation at Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Various adaptions to support updated protocols with regards to COVID-19 were in place and it was clear that the organisers of Bologna had spent many hours in preparation and planning.
There was no lack of enthusiasm for the industry and for the wonderful world of children’s publishing that we inhabit. The fair was filled with beautiful artwork, ice cream and creatives keen to ask questions, lining up for portfolio reviews.
I have always felt proud to represent our artists at Bright and this fair was no exception.
Lucie giving a portfolio review at Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Trends included muted pallets, re-inventing the classics, and artwork that embodied an emphasized an element of hope within it’s subject matter. Reflecting upon the last two years means reflecting on both the good and the bad – and that was represented in the art.
Personally, I feel that Bologna is the proof that suffering and hard times make you stronger. What I saw at Bologna was true magic!
Bright Artist Tania Rex caught up with Lucie at the fair, and shared her thoughts:
“After 2 and a half years of working with Bright I had the pleasure of finally meeting my amazing agent Lucie in person and listening to her speech at Bologna Book Fair 2022. It was wonderful to feel the fantastic energy this cheerful, inspiring woman radiates. I just love working with Lucie, as well as the other Bright agents I’ve had a chance to work with. They are dedicated to their work and are so sincere to my interests. What’s most important is that I feel safe as an artist, and I can just delve into my creation as I know that everything else will be taken care of by people who know the underwater of the industry much better than I do.”