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'Telling Tales' – the art of perfect storytelling

Open Forum speakersAn exciting line up of leading illustrators and artists of international repute took to the stage recently at University College Falmouth's MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice Open Forum to share their expertise on the subject of visual storytelling.

Professor Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal, whose graphic novel adaptation of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita is published this month, was joined by Belgian illustrator, Dominique Goblet; conceptual artist, Jamie Shovlin; and Graham Rawle, the creator of The Lost Consonants series in The Guardian, who is currently working on an illustrated version of The Wizard of Oz.

A packed lecture theatre sat enthralled as each of the speakers laid bare their own experiences as artists following graduation and shared their ideas on the process of visual storytelling and the current trends in authorial illustration. A lively question and answer session followed which saw many questions from the floor including what inspired the speakers as artists, the use of colour in illustration and how they balanced developing their own professional practice with commercial work. One of the most important pieces of advice came from Graham Rawle who urged the audience not to be afraid to make mistakes, to believe in their own talent and have self-belief.

"MA Illustration: Authorial Practice encourages illustrators to develop their own personal voice and to develop their own ideas and concepts," explained Course Leader, Steve Braund. "It was a privilege to welcome such eminent guests to our Forum and for students to hear about their experiences first-hand," he added. "Events such as these provide students with the best possible preparation for their future careers and we are delighted to have hosted yet another successful event that places authorial illustration firmly on the map."

The Open Forum is an annual event with an outstanding international line-up of speakers already confirmed for 2009. For further information and to book a place, please see

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice has already produced rising stars such as Christopher Crump (illustrator of bestselling book, The Valley of Secrets), Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books author/illustrator), Barnaby Richards (author/illustrator whose work regularly appears in The Guardian) and Chris Stonehill, whose illustrations were commissioned by Boots the Chemist for a recent advertising campaign. Course Leader, Steve Braund, is both a successful practising illustrator and director of Atlantic Press Ltd, an innovative publishing initiative that aims to help illustrators explore and develop their authorial voices.

For further information about MA Illustration: Authorial Practice at University College Falmouth, please visit, email or telephone Admissions on 01326 214372 (for the full-time option) or 01326 214373 (for the part-time route).

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education, funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

In April 2008, University College Falmouth merged with Dartington College of Arts to create a new institution focusing on the expansion of Falmouth's expertise in Art, Design and Media and Dartington's expertise in Choreography, Music, Theatre, Art and Writing.

The merger will pave the way for a new specialist Arts University in Cornwall in 2012, creating a Higher Education institution unique to the South West.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). UniversityCollegeFalmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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