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New Year, New Books!

04 January 2021

To welcome in the New Year, we are taking a peek at the fresh books publishing from our authors and artists this month. It’s an exciting start to 2021 for Ben Mantle, who has illustrated three titles in the list, including another of Lucy Rowland’s charming fairytale retellings, The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Book. And we’re thrilled to see Flavia Sorrentino’s illustrations in Delivery to the Lost City, P.G. Bell’s third offering in the fantastic The Train to Impossible Places series.

Behind the Book | Chris Chatterton

18 December 2020

Merry Christmas, Gus (Macmillan Children’s Books) is the second book in the series by artist and author Chris Chatterton. From County Durham, Chris’s passion for illustration led him to pursue a career as a freelance artist and he now works on a wide array of projects, including the bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series (Ladybird).

Awards and Accolades 2020

18 December 2020

2020 has been a year full of bumps and surprises. Our Bright Artists and Authors have been hard at work this year and we are thrilled with the array of fantastic awards and accolades they’ve received in recognition. To celebrate the diverse range of talent in our Bright family, we’ve rounded up some of the highlights below.

Are you on the NAUGHTY or NICE list?

08 December 2020

Are you getting everything your asked for in your stocking this year, or will you be stuck with a lump of coal?! Click on the options below to see the different artwork collections:

Behind the Book | Lucy Fleming

02 December 2020

We caught up with Lucy Fleming to ask her about her debut author-illustrated picture book Ella’s Night Lights (Walker Books). Watch below to see Lucy talk about her inspiration for Ella, her creative process and the best thing about creating a book!

Meet the Author | Susie Gutch

01 December 2020

Born and raised in Surrey, Susie Gutch read English/Drama and History of Art at the University of Bristol followed by a PGCE at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds. She then taught English for many years, first in Sheffield and then in West London.

Publishing this Winter

03 November 2020

We are delighted that award-winning artist and author Benji Davies has illustrated The Puffin Keeper, a tale of life-changing friendship, from the legendary Michael Morpurgo. Liam Darcy’s uplifting illustrations can be found in A Superhero Like You, a timely celebration of key workers from treasured CBeebies presenter, Dr Ranj, and we are thrilled to welcome Ella’s Night Lights, an enchanting author-illustrated debut from New York Times bestselling illustrator, Lucy Fleming.

Getting to Know: Fiction Agent Robyn

02 November 2020

Last month, we shone the spotlight on our impressive roster of fiction artists, with a special collection of bespoke cover artwork in our Faces of Fiction campaign (if you missed it you can find it here) . So this month, we caught up with Bright’s expert fiction agent, Robyn Newton to chat all things middle grade and YA.

October Publications

01 October 2020

Award-winning artist David Litchfield illustrates Smriti Prasadam-Halls’ uplifting tale about finding optimism, Rain before Rainbows, while George Ermos showcases another action-packed cover for Abi Elphinstone’s second-in-series, Jungledrop. Diane Ewen illustrates Baroness Floella Benjamin’s inspiring true story Coming to England and it seems that some early festive celebrations are in order as Chris Chatterton brings us his second author-illustrated picture book, Merry Christmas, Gus.

Behind the Book | Rosie Butcher

28 September 2020

Bright Artist Rosie Butcher’s latest picture book The Joy in You showcases a colourful cast of jungle animals in Rosie’s distinctive whimsical style. Written by TV presenter Cat Deeley and published by Random House Books for Young Readers, this touching tale encourages children to express themselves and enjoy the little moments. We caught up with Rosie to talk about her illustration process and how she deals with creative block.

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