upcoming Workshops & EVENTS

Nadia Shireen

CHILDREN'S book illustrator/Writer

Nadia Shireen is an illustrator and writer. She has been described as one of the ‘best and brightest picture book creators working in Britain today.’ (The Observer.)

 

Her debut picture book Good Little Wolf (2011) received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award and won the UKLA Book Award. Other books include The Bumblebear (2015), which was distributed to over 700,000 children as part of Booktrust’s Time To Read campaign, as well as Billy and the Beast (2018) and Billy and the Dragon (2019).

 

Nadia has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and has been Writer-Illustrator in Residence for BookTrust

 

Join us to hear Nadia talk about her inspirations, working process, picture book characters and her career. There will be a Q&A PLUS Nadia will lead an activity so there is chance for you to learn and create something with Nadia on the night!

Date

Thursday 4th February 2021

Time

7-9pm (UK GMT)

Venue

Online, Zoom

FEE

£12 (INCLUDES booking fee)

FREe

Meet Three Orange Beakers!

JEN BARANOWSKA

RUBY WRIGHT

EMMA Farrarons 

Date

Thursday 11th February

Time

7-8.30PM (UK GMT)

 

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

This is a FREE event, but you still need to book a place

Join us for a FREE online event on Thursday 11th February 7-8.30PM. Tickets are free but you still need to book through Eventbrite.

We thought it would be great to kick off the year by giving you the opportunity to hear from three illustrators who’ve worked with Orange Beak over the past few years. We think it’s important to hear from illustrators at all stages of the creative process and we are sure you are going to be inspired hearing from these three!

Each speaker will share some of their work and show how it has developed, what they have learnt, their experiences and process. We’ve worked with hundreds of brilliant creatives and we picked these three as we’ve been working with them since very early on.

There will also be a Q&A where you can ask the speakers more about their work. The Orange Beak tutors will be hosting the evening and are able to answer any questions about working with us. If coming along to one of our workshops or signing up for tutorials is on your goals for 2021, this is a good opportunity to meet us and learn a bit more about how it all works.

Date

Thursday 25th February

Time

7-8.30PM (UK GMT)

 

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

£2O (INCLUDES booking fee)

Alice Corrie is an editor and sometimes author of illustrated children's books. She has been freelance since 2010 following a 9 year in-house stint at Random House Children’s Books (now PRH). Since going freelance Alice’s primary focus has been on editing picture books and illustrated fiction for a wide variety of clients. She has made the occasional foray into writing to commission for Egmont and Templar (Winnie-the-Pooh and Little Grey Rabbit) and also has two forthcoming original picture book texts, Fabulous Fifi (Owlet Press, 2021) and When I am Gone (Ladybird 2022), but she is much happier on the editorial side of things. 

 

Join Alice to hear her talk about what an editor actually does, specifically how editors work with authors, illustrators, designers and the overall publishing machine, and the crucial role editors play in the making of a book

 

There will be a live Q&A and you will receive a hand out after the lecture which summarises key points.

LECTURE WITH ALICE CORRIE

EDITORIAL INSIGHT

Bruce Ingman

Author/illustrator

Date

Thursday 11th March 

Time

7-9.00PM

 

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

£12 (INCLUDES booking fee)

Bruce Ingman is an internationally acclaimed award-winning author and illustrator recognised as one of Britain's most influential picture book makers. 

 

“An unexpected talent that mixes innocence and sophistication… in something that’s distinctively his own” Sir Quentin Blake.
 

Bruce studied at the Royal College of Art, London. His first book, When Martha’s Away, won the prestigious Mother Goose Award for the Best British Newcomer to Children’s Picture Books (1996) and The Overall Winner of the V&A Illustration Award (1996). His partnership with author Allan Ahlberg has yielded many successes including, The Runaway Dinner, Previously, My Worst Book Ever and The Pencil, which was Winner of the Redhouse Children’s Picture Book Award and Time magazine’s Children’s Book of the Year. He co wrote Dick Bruna for the biography series The Illustrators published by Thames & Hudson in 2020.


Bruce is Head of the MA Children’s Literature: Children’s Book Illustration course at Goldsmiths, University of London.
 

He lives in London and West Cork, Ireland.
 

Represented by the Wylie Agency

Join us to hear Bruce talk about his career and experiences as an author/illustrator. There will be a Q&A after Bruce's talk and a live workshop too.

Character Design Workshop

Date/TIME uk GMT

Sat 20th Feb 1-4PM SOLD OUT

NEW DATES

Tuesday 23rd March 10-1PM

Tuesday 23rd March 4-7PM 

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

£45 (INCLUDES booking fee)

This workshop will give you the knowledge and insight to begin creating characters for your picture book projects. Illustrator and author, Maisie, will guide you through why characters are so important for stories, what makes a good character and more. Maisie will also share her own approach to character design. This will include how she works on character, from the ideas stage, through to the final artwork. Ness will discuss some of her industry experiences working as a designer with illustrators on character. 

 

The workshop is split into three sections:

A lecture and Q&A session

A character drawing exercise

Small group discussion

 

From this workshop you will:

 

Learn skills to move forward with your own character design

Feel inspired by the examples shown

Have a greater understanding of a characters role within a picture book

Have the chance to ask two industry professionals questions

 

After the workshop you will have the opportunity to send in one character you have created and receive individual written feedback on this.

 

The workshop is open to ALL (whatever your level). It could be your first time creating a character, you might be a student, graduate, or currently working on a project that you feel you’d like character development help with. If so, this is the workshop for you!

Katie harnett

Author/illustrator

Date

Thursday 15th April 

Time

7-9.00PM (UK GMT)

 

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

£12 (INCLUDES booking fee)

Katie Harnett is an illustrator and author from Sheffield. 


She has written and illustrated three picture books, these include the 2017 ‘Greenaway Medal’ nominated Archie Snufflekins Cat. She is the illustrator of the Franklin’s Flying Bookshop series. There are three books in this series and they have gained 10 co-editions, the second book, Franklin and Luna Go To The Moon won a ‘Gold Made For Mums’ award 2019. Katie also illustrates children’s fiction book covers and older fiction. 
 

Her awards include: 
Selection for The Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2012 & 2015
Recipient of the Bologna Children's Book Fair ARS IN FABULA Grant Award 2015
Shortlisted for the Independent Book Week Book Award 2019

 

Katie is represented by Andrea Morrison of Writers House, U.S.

Join us to hear Katie talk about her publishing career so far, working in picture books and illustrated fiction, her use of materials, inspirations and process. After Katie's talk there will be a Q&A and a live workshop.

Picture Books:

Insides Layout Design Workshop

Date

17th April

tIMe

1-4PM (UK GMT)

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

£45 (INCLUDES booking fee)

This workshop will give you knowledge and information into designing the insides of picture books.

 

Art director and designer Ness will guide you through various examples and different approaches to laying out the inside of a picture book.

 

Maisie will share some of her industry experience of working as an illustrator on the insides of picture books.

The workshop is split into three sections:

A lecture and Q&A session

A picture book insides design exercise

Small group discussion

 

From this workshop you will:

 

Learn about different approaches to picture book design

Further your understanding of working with text and image

Be inspired by examples of picture book inside designs

Receive feedback on work created during the workshop

Have the opportunity to ask two industry professionals questions

After the event you will have the opportunity to send in work created from this workshop and receive individual written feedback on this.

 

This workshop is open to anyone at any level. It could be you have written a text and want to try and lay it out with illustrations or you could be currently working on a picture book which needs work on the pacing or layout.

Picture Book Cover Design Workshop

Date

27th April

tIMe

4-7PM (UK GMT)

Venue

Online, Zoom

 

FEE

£45 (INCLUDES booking fee)

This workshop will give you knowledge and information into creating a cover design for your book. Covers are the first thing your readers will see, and so creating a successful cover is very important. 

 

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. 

The workshop is split into three sections:

A lecture and Q&A session

A cover design exercise

Small group discussion

 

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

After the event you will have the opportunity to send in one picture book cover design and receive individual written feedback on this.

 

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. 

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