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Find out all the goings on around the UK throughout 2018. If you’re offering a workshop that I haven’t listed, please get in touch to let me know. All past events are listed at the bottom of this page for reference.

**Note** All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please contact event organiser directly to determine up to date information (space, date, location, etc.)

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2018 Calligraphy workshops, talks and meetups

January 2017

6-Jan Intro to Modern Calligraphy Manchester Artsy Nibs
6-Jan Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian Surrey Surrey Arts School
6-Jan Brush lettering for beginners Manchester Artsy Nibs
11-Jan Brush lettering for beginners Manchester Artsy Nibs
12-Jan AGM Kent Cinque Port Scribes
13-Jan Beautiful Letter Panels with Lin Kerr Oxford Oxford Scribes
13-Jan Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
16-Jan Ghost Signs with Sam Roberts London NLLA
17-Jan Calligraphy Jamming Manchester Artsy Nibs
20-Jan Gilding without Gesso Sussex Sussex Scribes
20-Jan Rustic Roman with Peter Halliday Staffordshire Mercian Scribes
20-Jan Sculpted Letter with Jan Picket London SLLA
20-Jan Lettering Styles with David Simons Gloucestershire Gloucester Lettering Arts
20-Jan Modern Script with Josie Brown Surrey Lingfield Scribes
21-Jan Modern Calligraphy with Ofe Oyasar London Ollie’s Studio
22-Jan Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
26-Jan Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
27-Jan Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian Surrey Surrey Arts School
27-Jan A Piece of Persia with Vivien Lunnis Cheshire Wilmslow Guild
28-Jan Modern Calligraphy Ollie’s Studio London Ofe Oyasar
31-Jan Copperplate with Joy Daniels Northamptonshire Northampton
31-Jan Intro to Modern Calligraphy London Megan Riera

February 2018

4-Feb Brush lettering for beginners Manchester Artsy Nibs
3-Feb Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop Loughborough Kayleigh Tarrant
4-Feb Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop Nottingham Kayleigh Tarrant
4-Feb Modern Calligraphy at Boringdon Hall Plymoth Anon Design
8-Feb Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian Surrey Surrey Arts School
10-Feb Egg Tempera Sussex Sussex Scribes
10-Feb Pattern…continued Cheshire Northwest Calligraphers
11-Feb Pattern…continued Cheshire Northwest Calligraphers
11-Feb Intro to Modern Calligraphy Yorkshire Sally Riches
13-Feb Copperplate with Joy Daniels Northamptonshire Rookery Farm
16-Feb Pilates retreat and modern calligraphy London Alice Gabb
16-Feb Intro to Modern Calligraphy Yorkshire Sally Riches
17-Feb Expanded Ribbon Italic with Ann Mason Staffordshire Mercian Scribes
17-Feb Funky Foam with Nicola Dunn London NLLA
17-Feb Woven Words with Celia Lister Gloucestershire Gloucester Lettering Arts
17-Feb Modern Calligraphy Ollie’s Studio Cornwall Ofe Oyasar
17-Feb Dry Brush Techniques Surrey Lingfield Scribes
20-Feb A practical evening with Simon Sonsino London NLLA
20-Feb Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
23-Feb Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
24-Feb Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian Surrey Surrey Arts School
24-Feb Beginners’ Sessions 1/3 Herefordshire Marches Scribes
24-Feb Modern Calligraphy Ollie’s Studio Cheltenham Ofe Oyasar 24-Feb Modern Calligraphy with Lucy Empsom Bath Cam Valley Arts Trail
24-Feb Study Day Bath SSI
27-Feb Intro to Modern Calligraphy London Megan Riera
27-Feb Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb

March 2018

2-Mar Modern Calligraphy Ollie’s Studio Ireland Ofe Oyasar
3-Mar Contemporary Italic with Jilly Hazeldine Oxford Oxford Scribes
3-Mar Map illustration with Helen Scholes Kent Cinque Port Scribes
3-Mar Gilding Techniques Herefordshire Marches Scribes
3-Mar Learn Modern Calligraphy Southampton Email Sunita Auger
4-Mar Intro to Modern Calligraphy Manchester Artsy Nibs
4-Mar Brush lettering for beginners Manchester Artsy Nibs
8-Mar Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian Surrey Surrey Arts School
10-Mar AGM London CLAS
10-Mar Exploring letter decoration with watercolour Cheshire Northwest Calligraphers
11-Mar Exploring letter decoration with watercolour Cheshire Northwest Calligraphers
13-Mar Tim Noad on Islamic Illuminiation Oxford Oxford Scribes
17-Mar Batarde Miniscules & Majuscules Sussex Sussex Scribes
17-Mar Ruling Pen with Rachel Yallop Staffordshire Mercian Scribes
17-Mar Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
17-Mar Limp Vellum Binding Gloucestershire Gloucester Lettering Arts
18-Mar Copperplate with Joy Daniels Northamptonshire Joy Daniels
20-Mar Letter carving talk with Pip Hall London NLLA
24-Mar Modern Calligraphy with Leanda Xavian Surrey Surrey Arts School
24-Mar Brush lettering on stone and pebbles London SLLA
24-Mar Beginners’ Sessions 3/3 Herefordshire Marches Scribes
24-Mar Celtic Calligraphy with Vivien Lunniss Cheshire Wilmslow Guild

April 2018

7–8 Apr What Surface with Rosella Garavaglia Kent Cinque Port Scribes
14-Apr Design for Calligraphers – Josie Brown Cheshire Northwest Calligraphers
15-Apr AGM with Liz Bowerman Gloucestershire Gloucester Lettering Arts
15-Apr Design for Calligraphers – Josie Brown Cheshire Northwest Calligraphers
16-Apr Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
17-Apr Talk from Chrissie Nichols London NLLA
17-Apr Copperplate with Joy Daniels Towcester Towcester Library
20-Apr Modern Calligraphy with Lyndsey Gribble Plymoth Anon Design
21-Apr Loose Italic Book with Deb & Kath Staffordshire Mercian Scribes

May 2018

12-May Gilding with Tim Noad London SLLA
12-May Alternative calligraphy with Tina Warren Sussex Sussex Scribes
12-May Back to Basics with Sue Smith Kent Cinque Port Scribes
12-May Calligrapher for the Day Cheshire Wilmslow Guild
12–13 May Monoline Matters with Margaret Morgan Swansea South Wales Scribes
13-May Modern Calligraphy at Boringdon Hall Plymoth Anon Design
19-May Painting flowers for the frightened Gloucestershire Gloucester Lettering Arts
31-May Copperplate with Joy Daniels Northampton Joy Daniels

June 2018

2-Jun Study Day Bath SSI
9-Jun Terrific Tunnel Books with Jan Pickett Kent Cinque Port Scribes
16-Jun Studying the Cnut Hand with Viva Lloyd London SLLA
16-Jun Modern Gothic with David Price Staffordshire Mercian Scribes
16-Jun Painted letters on tissues Gloucestershire Gloucester Lettering Arts
16-Jun Numerals and Flourishing Sussex Sussex Scribes
20-Jun Copperplate with Joy Daniels Northampton Joy Daniels
30-Jun Italic with a Flourish Surrey Lingfield Scribes

July 2018

4-Jul AGM & Club Day Oxford Oxford Scribes
4-Jul Tiny Italics with Nick Caulkin Herefordshire Marches Scribes
14-Jul Italic for beginners / Improvers Sussex Sussex Scribes
21-Jul Fabric for Book Covers Kent Cinque Port Scribes
21-Jul AGM & Calligraphic Containers with Cherry Staffordshire Mercian Scribes

August 2018

9-Aug Club Day & Summer Party Oxford Oxford Scribes
11-Aug Collector’s Piece (Bookbinding) Sussex Sussex Scribes
12-Aug CLAS Festival Malvern CLAS
25-Aug Sequencing Kent Cinque Port Scribes

September 2018

6-Sep Mark L’Argent on Painted Letters Oxford Oxford Scribes
8–9 Sep Retro Deco Kent Cinque Port Scribes
29-Sep Rustic Romans Surrey Lingfield Scribes

October 2018

2-Oct Teeny Weeny writing with Mary Noble Oxford Oxford Scribes
2-Oct Japanese Design Herefordshire Marches Scribes
2-Oct Modern Calligraphy Ollie’s Studio London Ofe Oyasar
3-Oct Beginners’ Sessions 2/3 Herefordshire Marches Scribes
3-Oct Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
4-Oct Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
13-Oct Mouse Pointed Pen Roman Kent Cinque Port Scribes
13-Oct Modern Calligraphy with Alice Gabb London Alice Gabb
13-Oct Signwriting London NGS Signwriters
13-Oct Embossing with extra Pzazz Sussex Sussex Scribes

November 2018

10-Nov Copperplate with Eleanor Winters Sussex Sussex Scribes
17-Nov Modern Gothic Black Letter Kent Cinque Port Scribes

December 2018

1-Dec Christmassy Surrey Lingfield Scribes
5-Dec Marion McKenzie on Gothic Oxford Oxford Scribes

A note about learning calligraphy

Personally, I believe that there are three things to progressing well with calligraphy.

  1. Being motivated and excited about calligraphy
  2. Studying proper letterforms with reputable guidance
  3. Allowing yourself to be creative and experimenting

Being motivated and excited about calligraphy

Many people begin their calligraphy journey on their own without direct input from people in the know. In my experience, trying to find the right resources online to begin with can be difficult and overwhelming. Indecision might mean you never even get going.

For my own success at sticking with it, I knew that I would have to find a script that appealed to me. I chose Copperplate, and began my learning with Eleanor Winter’s Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy, and an earlier incarnation of the online modern calligraphy course from Calligraphy.org.

Studying proper letterforms with reputable guidance

I have slowly made connections with calligraphers via local Facebook groups and the South London Lettering Association, and have been finding more and more advice that may have been helpful to begin with. Read on to hear from established calligraphers about their thoughts for beginners.

“It’s best to “learn the rules” by studying the more classical scripts and then go on to manipulate letterforms by looking at the more relaxed versions. Not only will it stand you in good stead for learning with various tutors and groups, but will add to your overall repertoire of scripts.” — Tina Warren, Alphabition.

“I think its good to start using broad edged pen with a qualified teacher. You can learn to write in Foundational, Italic, Uncial, Carolingian, Fraktur etc. It’s important to understand spacing and pen angle and other basic calligraphy skills.” — Christina Janoszka, Dream Writer.

Allowing yourself to be creative and experiment

While regular, focused study of calligraphy is essential to honing great skills and aesthetically pleasing work, there’s something to be said for trying new materials, new techniques, and things that push you out of your creative comfort zone. For me, messing about in a sketchbook sits so nicely as a complement to regimented focus of a script. I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, The Postman’s Knock, and local SLLA courses, where I can be creative and free without fear of getting it wrong. The variation keeps me motivated and each gives me a break from the other when I need it to refresh and process what I’m learning.


2017 UK lettering events and talks

  • Jan 24 [London]: Into the Box: Wood Engraving Today (contact SLLA)
  • Feb 28 [London]: Interactive Evening: The business of calligraphy (contact SLLA)
  • Mar 28 [London]: The Sacred Lettering of Tibet (contact SLLA)
  • Apr 25 [London]: Tour of the College of Arms (contact SLLA)
  • May 24 [London]: Lettering talk with Jan Pickett (contact SLLA)
  • Jun 27 [London]: A walk around Smithfields with Robert Dunn (contact SLLA)
  • Sep 26 [London]: Rachel Yallop’s calligraphic journey (contact SLLA)

2017 UK lettering and calligraphy workshops

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

  • Mar 11 [Moulton]: Gilding a single letter (contact Northampton Scribes)
  • Mar 18 [Kent]: Letters of David Jones (contact Cinque Port Scribes)
  • Mar 25 [Stratfordshire]: Pointed Pen Uncials (contact Joy Daniels)
  • Mar 25 [London]: Colour Mixing with Rosella Garavaglia (contact SLLA)
  • Mar 25 [Surrey]: Introduction to Modern Calligraphy (contact the Fine Letter Co.)
  • Mar 28 [Glasgow]: Modern Calligraphy (contact Laura Elizabeth Patrick)

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November 2017

2016 lettering events and talks

  • Apr 12 [London]: From Paris with Love, with Jacqueline Alwood (contact SLLA)
  • Apr 19 [London]: NLLA’s 15th AGM feat. Gwyneth Hibbett (contact NLLA)
  • Apr 23 [London]: Demonstration “Contemporary Spencerian” with James Farrell (contact SSI)
  • Apr 23 [London]: SSI Lay Members’ Day (all welcome) (contact SSI)
  • Apr 23, 24 [London]: London Transport Musuem Depot Open Day (visit LTM website)
  • Mar 12 [London]: Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society AGM (contact CLAS)
  • Mar 22 [London]: Calligraphic City Map Interactive Evening (contact SLLA)
  • Feb 23 [London]: Coptic Script with Lester Capon (contact SLLA)
  • Jul 19 [London]: Summer Party (contact NLLA)
  • Oct 4 – Oct 21 [London]: South London Lettering Association Exhibiton (contact SLLA)
  • Nov 22 [London]: South London Lettering Association AGM (contact SLLA)
  • Dec 12 [Oxfordshire]: Twelfth Night Exhibition (contact Oxford Scribes)

2016 calligraphy and lettering workshops

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