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Yo Illo: Getting Published – Emma Block and Sabina Radeva

5th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Yo Illo Talks is back in November with Getting Published; Emma Block and Sabina Radeva will share how they initiated book projects as authors/illustrators. Emma took the traditional route — by proposing a concept to a publisher — and Sabina self-published her project with crowd-funding support (which was later also picked up by a publisher). Their different journeys will give us insight into the process of getting published, and inspire us to do it too.


Emma Block is a multidisciplinary illustrator living in London, working across editorial, publishing, packaging and licensing. Her first book, The Joy of Watercolour, was published in summer 2018, and her latest book, Life Lessons I Learned from my Dog, arrives on the 3rd of October. Emma’s work is defined by its use of traditional media, from her hand-painted illustrations to her sell-out watercolour and gouache workshops and her bestselling guide to painting with watercolours. She loves to inspire people through her work, believes that everyone is creative, and that bringing a little bit of creativity into your life can only make you happier.

Sabina Radeva is a graphic designer and illustrator based in London. She graduated in 2008 from the Molecular Biology M.Sc. programs at Max Planck Institute, Germany, and in 2009, she left science for a creative career. Sabina has since studied as an illustrator, and she is passionate about projects that blend science with art. She is also the mother of two little girls who are her source of daily inspiration. Her first book On the Origin of Species, a retelling of Charles Darwin’s classic, was an immediate sensation around the world for its beautiful illustrations.


Yo Illo is a community organisation, started in 2010 as a way to help get illustrators away from their desks and to meet each other in the real world through regular illustrators’ meetups and talking events (Yo Illo Talks).
In 2019 we announced a partnership with the Association of Illustrators (AOI), the professional body for illustration, and through this relationship we’ve been able to provide a more sustainable events programme, including the relaunch of Yo Illo Talks.

In order to be able to provide these talks for free, we are delighted to be sponsored and hosted by The Print Space, whose generosity allows us to build a diverse and inclusive community.


We want to support the illustration community and this free event is open to all illustrators— whether you’re a professional, a student or keen enthusiast — as well as art directors, designers, fine artists, typographers, textile designers or anyone who wants to get more involved in the illustration scene. We’re a friendly bunch, and we always love meeting new people, so feel free to come along — even if you’re by yourself and you don’t know anybody, we’ll make you feel welcome!


Tickets for our Yo Illo Talks event are be available through Eventbrite. We anticipate a lot of interest in the event, and we’re limited by numbers so please be quick to reserve your space.

Ticket release will be announced via Yo Illo, AOI and Printspace newsletters and social media.

Anyone interested in getting involved as a volunteer or speaker should contact us.




5th November 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


theprintspace Gallery
74 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8DL
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