This year HiFest will have two spaces that will host a number of talks, panels, Q&A’s and screenings with some of the industry’s leading practitioners. Talks are free to attend, for all ticket holders.
*All talks will take place at 5 Trinity Street (unless otherwise stated)*
SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER
‘CHILDREN’S BOOK ILLUSTRATION’ (12AM)
Panel: Ben Newman, Emily Hughes, Jim Stoten, Paul Burgess (Chair)
Paul Burgess sits down with three of Flying Eye Books top children’s book illustrators to discuss what it takes to inspire, educate and entertain young minds.
‘DRAWN ON REAL LIFE – THE EVERYDAY STORY OF 2016’ (2PM)
From celebrity deaths to the surprise EU referendum result and major moments in politics – 2016 was a monumental year. Tim King takes us on an illustrated journey through the year, and reveals how he turned his daily drawing project into a self-published Kickstarter book (and got a swear word on the news).
You can see the accompanying Drawn On Real Life exhibition, and get a signed book all weekend at Trinity 7 Gallery.
‘PINK FLOYD TO PEPPA PIG’ (3PM) @ The Palace
Head of the new University Centre Hastings Animation Art and Application B.A. Glen Whiting gives an illustrated talk about his career from his work on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” to “Peppa Pig” and his ambition for the new course. Followed by Q&A.
‘GIRLS THAT DRAW’ (4PM)
Panel: Nina Cosford (Chair), Isabel Greenberg, Eleanor Taylor, Maria Ines Gul
Our hugely popular panel talk returns! Nina Cosford once again leads an intriguing, insightful and inspiring discussion with a select group of top, professional female illustrators
SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER
‘FACE YOUR FEARS’ with FRANNERD (1PM)
Life as an illustrator isn’t always easy. Join Fran Meneses (aka Frannerd) as she explores the daily challenges we must face and help build the ultimate toolkit to survive! Followed by Q&A with Fran.
‘OLOBOB TOP’ (2PM) @ The Palace
Co-creators Leigh Hodgkinson and Steve Smith reveal their journey from children’s books to their brand new animated CBeebies series Olobob Top.
‘MUSIC & ILLUSTRATION’ (3PM)
Panel: Richard Hogg, Dale Edwin Murray, Stewart Walton, Ali Graham (Chair)
From album covers, music videos and merchandise to drawing David Bowie live on stage! Our panel discuss the array of ways illustration and music combine, and the challenges that come with collaborating with another creative industry.
VENUE: 5 Trinity Street, Hastings, TN34 1HG