Every year Louise Power at Walker Books is kind enough to present to twenty Falmouth illustration students, outlining the process of developing a Childrens picture book. Her advice is invaluable in helping students understand what is required from a successful picture book. We are also grateful to her looking at and giving feedback on a number of Level three dummy books that Sue Clarke brought up from Falmouth for the visit.
Louise Power at Walker Books
Later in the day Nigel took 8 students to see Margaret Hope at Transworld Childrens Books. Margaret explained the international co-edition principal for funding the publication of picture books and also gave an insight into potential of teen fiction as an outlet for our students. A really useful visit…
Margaret Hope at Transworld
Students talking to art directors at Transworld
The creative team at Egmont Children’s Books went out of their way to present our students with an insightful view of the various facets of this successful publishing company.
Egmont Childrens Books
Egmont Childrens Books
A couple of hours after the Egmont visit Sue and a group of six students arrived at the Telegraph for a meeting with Art Director, Gary Cochrane. This visit was a real eye opener for students who were taken into the heart of one of the UKs most established broad sheet newspapers. Editorial illustration remains an important component of the course at Falmouth and this visit was great opportunity to ask an experienced art director the kind of questions that only an art director can answer.
Thanks Gary and also the team at Egmont
Hodders Childrens Books
Seven Falmouth Illustration students were treated to a fantastic professional practice visit to Hodder Childrens Books this afternoon. After a long walk from Russell Square everyone was feeling a little cold but we got a warm welcome from Emma Layfield who had prepared a presentation of the children’s book publishing process. She outlined what was current popular for Hodder and explained the differences between the UK and US markets. She discussed the close working relationship that they encourage between authors, illustrators and art directors and editors. She also gave a really useful breakdown of the international market particularly in relation to both the Bolgna and Frankfurt book fairs. It was heartening to hear her passion for new and upcoming illustrators and we really want to nurture this relationship with Hodder in the future. After about an hour packed with extremely useful advice we were once again outside in the crisp London evening air but inspired and with plenty to think about.
Students meeting Emma Layfield at Hodder