From Art School to Publication: Why Having an Agent is Key II

14 July 2016

Bright Group International has been an illustration agency for over 13 years. Beginning from a tiny bedroom in Clapham, Bright Founder and MD Vicki Willden-Lebrecht made it her mission to champion artists and illustrators, to help them become the best they could possibly be and to propel those creators of children’s books back into having ‘rock star’ recognition in a world where digital was fast becoming the thing. The ethos is that a book must be valued as a beautiful creation, unlike anything the digital world can offer. There is no doubt that there will always be a place for children’s books in physical form — there’s just something about a book isn’t there?

From Art School to Publication: Why Having an Agent is Key

07 July 2016

Bright Group International has been an illustration agency for over 13 years. Beginning from a tiny bedroom in Clapham, Bright Founder and MD Vicki Willden-Lebrecht made it her mission to champion artists and illustrators, to help them become the best they could possibly be and to propel those creators of children’s books back into having ‘rock star’ recognition in a world where digital was fast becoming the thing. The ethos is that a book must be valued as a beautiful creation, unlike anything the digital world can offer. There is no doubt that there will always be a place for children’s books in physical form — there’s just something about a book isn’t there? Any book lover will tell you that.

Shortlisted as Literary Agent of the Year 2016

16 March 2016

— From industry greats to those just starting out, the nominees have been announced, with our very own Founder and MD Vicki Willden-Lebrecht shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year:

Yasmeen Ismail Embraces Diversity & Strong Female Characters in One Word from Sophia

10 March 2016

Since publishing with Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers in June 2015, Yasmeen Ismail‘s illustrations in One Word from Sophia have garnered enormous praise. Librarians, parents, book reviewers and young readers alike have invited outspoken Sophia onto their bookshelves and into their hearts. Her popularity has helped to ignite an important conversation: Sophia is a strong, intelligent female character of color and she has too few peers in picture books.

The Super Duo Behind Supertato

29 February 2016

SH & PL: So, we had always wanted to do a story about a superhero. A new exciting, dynamic, crime fighting icon of justice. But who or what should this character be? A dinosaur – pirate – alien – radio-active – bug – thing? No, no, no, that’s far too common! We decided on a humble spud, a plain old potato for our story.

Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet WIN the LOLLIES book award 2016!

11 February 2016

In 2016 Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, co-creators of veggie-hero ‘Supertato’, were shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud picture book award this year, for the brilliant I Need a Wee! published by Simon and Schuster.

The Bright Emporium Launches

19 November 2015

Last week the Bright team were delighted to launch The Bright Emporium in Clapham, London. The Bright Emporium is a space to celebrate and acknowledge illustration, where children and families can appreciate and discover this creative journey in a fun and variable environment.

'I'm A Girl!' Launch Captivates Industry Experts

14 August 2015

Following a packed family craft event on the Waterstones Piccadilly shop floor, Bright Group, Bloomsbury and Yasmeen Ismail concluded the highly anticipated launch of I’m A Girl with an exclusive evening function on the lower ground level.

Picture Book Funny Man: The Art of Fred Blunt

15 March 2015

There’s something nostalgic about his style; animated, playful and with a warm palette, his pictures and characters tell the story, making his books an all inclusive experience. Here he talks about his journey, starting out as a working illustrator, covering a broad range of markets, to the present, where he works solely on picture books, much to the delight of his readers… LM

Yasmeen Ismail Wins V&A Illustration Award 2014

03 June 2014

The Victoria & Albert Illustration Awards celebrate the best illustration published over the last year, from both seasoned and junior illustrators. Not only is the V&A one of the most prestigious and notorious institutions in the world, it is also a long standing pillar of creative influence for artists.

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