Online Talks: Understanding the Children’s Book Industry

A practical day for aspiring and established children's book illustrators with Orange Beak Studio.

When, Where

  • Zoom


Join us for a jam-packed day of talks covering all aspects of the children’s book industry with Orange Beak Studio: author and illustrator Maisie Paradise Shearring and designer Ness Wood. We'll also have early-career illustrator Rikin Parekh talking about his publishing experiences, including working on a book with Ness, and his career so far.

Whether you’re an aspiring or established illustrator, looking to further your children’s book career or considering starting one, you’ll gain invaluable insights into everything from portfolios and publishing houses to agents, book fairs and social media.

There will be frequent breaks and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

How it works:

Attendees will receive details of the schedule a week in advance and Zoom login details the day before. Please log on at 9.30am GMT on the day for registration before the first talk at 10am GMT.

Information will be sent to the email address linked to your Paypal account so please email as soon as possible from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.

This event is for those aged 18+ only.

About the speakers:

Orange Beak Studio was founded in 2017 by designer Ness Wood and illustrator Maisie Paradise Shearring to deliver tuition, workshops and advice to those who want to specialise in children’s book illustration.

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an award-winning author and illustrator. She received the 2015 Bologna International Illustrators Award for her graphic novel Susan’s School Days, was nominated for the 2017 Bratislava Biennial of Illustration for her picture book Happy Prince and illustrated The Book Who Loved Everyone by Jane Porter which won the 2020 Little Rebels Children’s Award.

Ness Wood is an award-winning book designer and art director who has worked for many major publishers. She is a Leader in Residence at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has taught on Goldsmiths’ Illustration and MA and lectured on Design History at the University of Brighton. She has also been a judge for the Bologna Ragazzi Award. In 2018, Ness was part of the winning team at the British Design and Production Awards, in the Graphic Novel Category.

Rikin Parekh is a London-based illustrator whose first picture book, Fly Tiger Fly, was published last year. After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts and the University of Westminster, he worked as a film production illustrator before becoming a children’s book illustrator. His agent is Claire Cartey of Holyroyde Cartey.

Feedback from our previous professional development day with Orange Beak:

“I thought it would be useful, but didn’t expect it to be quite so inspiring at the same time! I liked that it was both inspiring and realistic.”

“It helped to show what practical steps are involved in this career and made it feel much less daunting.”

“It’s answered so many questions I didn’t know I needed to ask!”

Event date and booking:

This event takes place on Wednesday 17 March 2021, 10am  3pm GMT. This event is for those aged 18+ only.

IMPORTANT: Your ticket confirmation will go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please email from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Online professional development day with Gift Aid£55.00 £55.00
Online professional development day£50.00 £50.00

Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to our general terms and conditions. Age 18+ only.

Your ticket confirmation email may go to the email address linked to your Paypal account. Please contact immediately if you do not receive it.

Gift Aid

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