Sarah-Leigh Wills at Dog Tales, Splash Book Festival – Falmouth 2012

Happydesigner appeared at Falmouth Book Festival – Is it true? oh YES!

On Saturday 8th the Falmouth Book Festival opened with ‘Dog Tails’ at The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society (the Poly). The free family spectator event saw six auditioned dogs and owners paired up with illustrators and authors Rebecca CobbSimon JamesMichelle CartlidgeElina EllisSarah-Leigh WillsCaroline Uff and Philip Moran. Each dog, in an hour, had to have a story written about it and a front cover of the proposed book illustrated.

As part of a packed weekend line-up, Falmouth Bookseller will hold a competition called Dog Tales, which will involve six children and their family dogs pairing off with six illustrators, who will go away, work together and come back with a story and the front illustrated cover of a book after just 60 minutes.


MEETING Simon James – Author and illustrator of Childrens books!

Simon had a look at work an commented? “Hello Sarah,
Just a little note to say it was pleasure to meet you on Saturday. I enjoyed what was one of the quirkiest events I’ve ever done, and met some nice people too!
I have looked through your very substantial website, you do have a very positve feel about everything in it. I do wish you continued success in all your work.
All the best, Simon.”


MEETING Philip Moran – Author to the Soggy Bear series.


Other upcoming children’s literature events:

Debi Gliori at Bath Festival of Children’s Literature – 3:00pm Sunday 30th September 2012

Elen Caldecott at Bath Festival of Children’s Literature – 7:30pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012

Mark Walden at Bath Festival of Children’s Literature – 3:45pm Sunday 7th October 2012


A few of my previous clients

Design against furSt Ives Memory BayEden ProjectSkyRespect for animalsPets at HomeSt Moritz Hotel

  • "It won’t be a struggle working with Sarah, it’ll be a pleasure. Can’t recommend enough”
    - Richard Quick

  • "i really like ur books my mommy reads them 2 me all the time ur really good at drawling and i want 2 be like u when i grow up :-)"  Natassia Flegal (hd fan)

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • "Sarah is quality.  Not just her design but she is a pleasure to work with."
    - Bob Harper, Portfolio Marketing

  • Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • "Thank you so much Sarah! What a fantastic set of illustrations for the first in our series of children’s books. We can’t wait to work with you on the second book!" Jane Archer-Wilms & Marlies Veenhof

  • "Our brand wouldn't be the same without her on-going input. Just fab xx”
    - Justine Rogers, Dainty Dizzy

  • “I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, SimonSimon James, Famous Children’s Book Illustrator

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • "I am absolutely THRILLED TO BITS with your illustrations! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!”
    - Susanna Jennicrai, Book Author

  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." - Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect”
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • “Logos received with a BIG thanks, Basically I love them all” 
    Helen Chuah, Giggling Baby Products

  • Got home tonight and the books had arrived. Absolutely love them. My girlfriend loves your illustrations.” - Andrew Jeffery: 'Wolfboy Book'

  • "Yes!!!! Wow…Love it!!! ..thanks so much, I absolutely the character design you have done for us!!! xx” Lisa Dell, Cornish Firewood

  • "Sarah provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could" Discovery Leisure