Scriveners Company Peter Esslemont Prize

Arms of the Scriveners The 2014 winner is Felicity Hollis, who will receive her prize from the Master Scrivener in the presence of the Sheriffs of the City of London at a reception to be held in London on 4 February. Felicity has a Foundation Degree in Calligraphy and Design from the University of Sunderland and studied under Gerald Mynott and Veiko Kespersaks; she is also currently enrolled on the SSI Advanced Training Scheme

Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination 2015

The prize is awarded in the form of a certificate, a cheque for £500, and an opportunity to exhibit examples of the winner’s work at a livery event in the City of London. The works may also be featured on the Scriveners Company website.

Entries should consist of up to four pieces of original work by the entrant, which should not have been entered into any other competition, and which will be judged by the Master Scrivener and a panel of Scriveners Company and College of Arms experts.  There is no restriction on style or content but illumination as well as calligraphic skills will be taken into account.

Entries should be received in the Clerk’s office (address below) by Friday 9 October 2015. The decision of the judges will be final. There are no age restrictions, but it is anticipated that the winner is more likely to be someone closer to the start of their career than a well-established practitioner, although the latter is by no means ruled out. The only requirement is that entrants should live and/or work in the UK.

Contact: Giles H C Cole, Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, London WC2R 2PN. email:
web site:

Lay Members' Day, 25 April 2015

will be help at Imperial College, Huxley Building,
180 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 2AX

The set subjects this year are:
- 800 years of Magna Carta
- The Solar System
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Own Choice

Entries should be sent in by 14 March 2015.

The best day in the Calligraphy calendar will offer the usual selection of exhibited work by Lay Members, ATS students and a recent Fellow, demonstrations, stalls and suppliers, the SSI Archive, computer skills mini-workshops, the Regional Groups stand, individual discussion of your work with a Fellow, a full critique of the Lay Members' exhibition, and the Daubney Lecture, which will be given by Richard Kindersley.

The organisers of Lay Members' Day are
Michela Antonello and Lynda Jordan

Michela Antonello    Lynda Jordan

For more information, visit the LMD 2015 page.

R&T Day 2014

Printmaking for Calligraphers

This year's Research & Technical Day was held on 8 November at St George's Bloomsbury, London. The two main speakers were Juliet Bankes and Hazel Dolby, and there were demonstrations of linocuts, rubber stamps, screen printing and etching. See the R&T Day page for more details.

There will reports of the event in the Newsletter and The Scribe.

Details of the next R&T Day will be announced as soon as they become available. The event is open to all Lay Members and Fellows. Places are limited, so book early to avoid being disappointed!

The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, based in the UK, is one of the most well-established and respected calligraphy societies in the world. This web site gives information about the Society, its aims, membership and activities.