Picture Hooks Conference ’18

Picture Hooks presents its annual conference for illustrators, now in its fifth year, hosted by the Central Library in Middlesbrough. This is a great opportunity for emerging illustrators and graduates to get an insider’s view into the picture book industry, with illuminating talks from leading publishing experts and agents. We are joined this year by […]

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An interview with Orange Beak

Speaking at our conference in May is the brilliant Orange Beak Studio, a collective comprised of Pam Smy, Maisie Paradise Shearring and Ness Wood,  award winning illustrators, designers and picture book makers. Based in Cambridge, Orange Beak offers workshops and one-to-one portfolio sessions, as well as other events aimed at creative development for illustrators. We […]

April 25, 2018

Vivian French, recipient of the Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award

We are proud to announce that our very own co-founder and trustee Vivian French has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award. Vivian is an Edinburgh-based author and educator, among her various other roles – she has been Children’s Writer-in-Residence at Edinburgh International Book Festival five times as well as a guest […]

March 7, 2018

The end of 2017’s mentoring scheme – what next?

Now that this year’s cohort of mentees are finishing their work, we look forward to exhibitions, a tour, and some workshops at the Scottish National Gallery.

January 31, 2018

Picture Hooks Illustrator of the Year

Congratulations to Kirsti Beautyman, Picture Hooks Illustrator for 2017. Kirsti was mentored by Helen Stephens (How to Hide a Lion, Fleabag).

And congratulations as well to all five of our illustrators for 2016/17. You can read more about all of them and find their portfolios here.

November 6, 2017

How to get your art to a publisher – Tessa Strickland, Barefoot Books

We recap Tessa Strickland’s advice on getting your work in front of a publisher, which she gave at the Picture Hooks Conference 2017.

June 5, 2017

Innovating in illustration – Robert Frank Hunter and Zoë Aubugeau-Williams, Nobrow

How do you set yourself apart from other illustrators? Robert Frank Hunter and his publisher Zoë Aubugeau-Williams discuss drawing techniques and innovative marketing.