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upcoming Workshops & EVENTS

Cover Design Workshop


Tuesday 8th December 


Saturday 12th December 


1-4pm (UK GMT)



Online, Zoom



£35 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)


Maisie and Ness

This workshop will give you the knowledge and insight into creating a cover design for your book. Art director and designer, Ness, will guide you through the different approaches and key elements to consider that are often used when creating a cover. Maisie will share some of her industry experiences working as an illustrator with designers on her book covers. 


From this workshop you will:

Learn skills to move forward with your cover design

Be inspired by a variety of cover design ideas from other illustrators

Receive individual feedback on one of your cover ideas 

Have the opportunity to ask two industry professionals questions

This workshop is open to anyone at any level. It could be your first time designing a cover, you might a student, graduate, or currently working on a project that you need cover design help with

Both dates sold out
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CHILDREN'S book author/illustrator


Thursday 10th December 2020


7-9pm (UK GMT)



Online, Zoom



£10 (plus Eventbrite booking fee)

Tickets include an exclusive discount code For all Daisy's Products at Soma Gallery

Daisy Hirst is from London and lives in Cambridge. She has wanted to write and illustrate picture books since before she could write. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick, but never stopped reading picture books or doodling, and went on to study Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, completing her MA in 2013.

Daisy is the author and illustrator of seven picture books, including The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head (an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book in the US and shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize) and three books about monster siblings Natalie and Alphonse, which between them have been translated into eleven languages, featured on CBeebies Bedtime Stories and shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards and Oscar’s Book Prize. Daisy’s latest picturebook, I Like Trains, is available now from Walker Books and her first board books, Monster Clothes and Monster Food will be published by Walker in October. Most of Daisy’s books are illustrated with screenprints and her practice is still rooted in mindless doodling; she also makes prints, comics and greetings cards and runs workshops for adults and children.


Join us to hear Daisy talk about her career, process and inspirations. Daisy will talk about how she approaches writing stories and creating characters, and her favourite things to draw. There will be a Q&A PLUS Daisy will lead a character-based drawing activity so there is chance for you to make some drawings with Daisy on the night!

Tickets SOLD out

Chris Haughton

CHILDREN'S book author/illustrator


Thursday 21st January 2021


7-8.30PM (UK GMT)



Online, Zoom



£12 (now INCLUDES booking fee)

Chris Haughton is a designer and children's book author/illustrator. 


He has been a freelance illustrator for 12 years. Chris’s interest in fair trade drew him into working with a number of non-profit projects and in 2007 he was listed in Time Magazine's DESIGN 100 for the design work he’s been doing for People Tree.

Since then Chris has also begun writing children's books, his first book A BIT LOST has been translated into 27 languages and has won awards in 7 countries including the Dutch Picture Book of the Year. OH NO GEORGE! came out in 2012 and won the Junior Magazine Picturebook of the year award. His third book SHH! We have a plan came out in March 2014 and won the AOI award for children's books for 2014. Goodnight Everyone came out in 2016 and ‘Don't Worry, Little Crab' came out in 2019.

Chris's app, HAT MONKEY was released in September 2014.

While living in Nepal in 2010/2011 Chris co-founded Pecha Kucha Kathmandu with Sujan Chitrakar. He co-founded NODE a fair trade social business based in Nepal with Akshay Sthapit in 2012. They had an exhibition and collection for the DESIGN MUSEUM in London in 2012, selling 18 limited edition rugs through the Design Museum Shop.

To ease everyone into 2021, join us to hear Chris talk about his career and process and inspirations. Chris will talk about how he approaches creating characters and stories. There will be a Q&A afterwards.

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