Oliver Jeffers: Begin Again


Thursday 19th October 2023, 6:30pm

£8 (student ticket) £12 (standard ticket) £20 (ticket + book)

Royal West of England Academy (RWA),  Queens Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX (click here for a map)

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One of the most influential and beloved author-illustrators of our time is coming to Bristol! We are incredibly excited to welcome Oliver Jeffers to our city to mark the release of Begin Again, his first picture book specifically written for all ages, a work of existential scope and wonder.

We are beyond thrilled that Oliver will be in conversation with illustrator and author Dapo Adeola, the award-winning genius behind the ‘Look Up!’ series of picture books. This will be a one-off chance to hear two of our finest illustrators in conversation in the incredible surroundings of the Royal West of England Academy (RWA).

Pre-order your hardback copy of Begin Again (rrp £20.00) for a special discounted price with your ticket, then collect at the event. A limited number of discounted student tickets will be available – select your ticket below and remember to bring student ID on the night!

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About Oliver Jeffers

While investigating the ways in which the human mind understands its world, Oliver Jeffers’ work functions as comic relief in the face of futility. His new book, Begin Again, is a powerful and thought-provoking visual examination of the state of the world, building upon his artistic exploration of humankind’s impact on itself and on our planet. Featuring Jeffers’ bold and iconic art, Begin Again follows us on our journey through history, sharing profound, sometimes poignant, commentary on our present, and then offers a challenge: where do we go from here? 

Jeffers’ engagements and practice are truly International in scope. His critically acclaimed picture books have been translated into over fifty languages and sold over 14 millions copies worldwide. His original artwork has been exhibited at such institutions as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 

Jeffers has been the recipient of numerous awards, in eluding a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Aware, an Emmy award for Studio AKA and Apple’s adaptation of Here We Are, and an MBE from Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth for Special Services to the Arts. Begin Again will be released in October 2023. 

About Begin Again

A powerful, thoughtful and bold comment on humanity and its future from one of today’s most thought-provoking artists. In his first picture book created specifically with a wider audience in mind, Oliver Jeffers shares a history of humanity and his dreams for its future.

Where are we going? With his bold, exquisite artwork, Oliver Jeffers starts at the dawn of humankind following people on their journey from then until now, and then offers the reader a challenge: where do we go from here? How can we think about the future of the human race more than our individual lives? How can we save ourselves? How can we change our story? Illustrated in his instantly recognisable style, Oliver Jeffers’s exploration of the state of the world today is insightful, moving and powerful.

A must-have for every forward-thinking person who wants the next generation to inherit a world to be proud of.

About Dapo Adeola

Dapo Adeola is an illustrator, author and character designer who was awarded Illustrator of the Year at The British Book Awards in 2022. Dapo rocketed into the picture book world with his greatly acclaimed illustrator debut, Look Up!, written by Nathan Bryon and published by Puffin in 2019, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2020. Dapo illustrated My Dad is a Grizzly Bear and My Mum Is a Lioness written by award-winning author Swapna Haddow (both published by Macmillan Children’s Books), and collaborated with Malorie Blackman on their picture book We’re Going to Find the Monster!

Dapo made his author debut in 2021 with the Puffin published picture book Hey You!: An Empowering Celebration of Growing Up Black, featuring 18 talented Black British illustrators, which also went on to win Illustrated book of the year at The British Book Awards in 2022.

Born in Britain and of Nigerian heritage, Dapo is an avid believer in the importance of equal representation in the creative arts. He currently lives in London.

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