PUBLISHING MONTH: Hachette adds to kids' portfolio

Character from Bright Agency illustrator to lead new project.
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A leading illustrator from The Bright Agency, Kirsten Richards has had her latest character snapped up by Hachette Children's Books for a new project.

Willow the Fairy is set to feature in Willow in the Woods. The first book in the series is due to be published in May 2010, with a second planned for October, then a whole series to follow.

"This is fantastic news for Kirsten," said Bright MD Vicki Willden-Lebrecht. "She has been with the agency since she graduated in 2006 and enjoyed early success with Marks and Spencer and some American publishers, but her big break as being spotted by Emma Layfield at Hachette Children's Books.

"Emma recognised Kirsten's great potential and huge artistic talent and decided that she was the perfect illustrator to bring Willow the eco-friendly fairy to life."

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