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.

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.

About the speakers

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.

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.

Need to know

Registration opens at 9.30am for a prompt 10am start.

Participants will receive the full schedule a week before the event and login details the day before – these 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.

Please read the Guidance for Participants for further information.

Who it’s for

This professional development day is for any illustrator wanting to further develop their children’s book career or for those considering starting one.

Feedback from our previous Orange Beak talks

“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!”

“The content was great, lots of variety and information and practical tips and advice.”

“Lots of clear information, pitched just right whether for beginners or professionals, generous and honest answers and food for thought.”

“The content was spot on, and was reassuring but realistic. Very thorough and inspirational.”

“Hearing the experiences of published illustrators and their journeys was more useful than most information I have previously read.”


Tickets Price Number Total price
Total amount £0.00
Full price with donation£55.00 £55.00
Full price without donation£50.00 £50.00
Student/unwaged with donation£33.00 £33.00
Student/unwaged without donation£30.00 £30.00

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.