Cambridge Illustration Network is a Cambridge-based group of Illustrators, both published and unpublished. Originally founded by Amanda Hall on 29th October 2013, CIN currently has 153 members and continues to grow.


Membership is free

To join the network just email to let me know that you’d like to be on the email list and part of the CIN Facebook Group.


Future Meet-Ups

We will be holding informal meet-ups in the future which will be an opportunity for members to meet and have a chat over a drink. Details of time and venue will be emailed out to everyone on the email list in advance. The future meet-ups will be free, but it will no longer be possible to reserve seats in advance.


Next Meet-Up

Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 8pm

Venue CB2 5-7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD

We are unable to reserve seats, so please, no need to let me know – responding all takes time – just turn up. Please ask at the bar when you arrive, I will let them now where we are so that you can find us. Please feel free to bring a sample or two of your work to show to others, but no obligation of course!



CIN Facebook

The CIN Facebook group page will remain. Are you aware that there already is a CIN group page as well the CIN Facebook community page? If you would like to join the CIN group Facebook page then just send a request to join the CIN Facebook Group. The CIN group page is a place where CIN members can post up their artwork or other illustration related images and info, to keep in touch with each other.


CIN web page

This will also remain on my website with CIN member’s web links. Please email me  if you are a member with your web link if you want it added.


If you would like to organise more elaborate CIN events in the future, again, just email me



Youtube Films

CIN member Adam Larkum has been making some great 1 minute Youtube films about some of CIN’s illustrators and how they work ~ Watch films



Past Events


At HOT NUMBERS CAFÉ Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Tuesday 28th June 2016 - from 7.30 – 10pm

Cost £4.00 on the door

Space is limited, so to reserve your seat please RSVP Amanda at   


We have got a great line up of special guest speakers for this event:


Julian Sedgwick (writer)

Julian was born in East Kent in 1966. He studied Oriental Studies and Philosophy at Cambridge University before going on to work variously as a bookseller, painter, therapist and researcher for film and TV before finally kick-starting his long held dream of being a writer.His first book for children Mysterium: The Black Dragon was published in 2013 and won the Rotherham Children’s Book Award. The second and third books in the Mysterium trilogy – The Palace of Memory and The Wheel of Life and Death were published in 2014 by Hodder in the UL, with foreign rights for all three sold to Germany, The Netherlands, Russian and the USA.  Ghosts of Shanghai appeared in July 2015 and is the first book in a new trilogy, with the second book - Shadow of the Yangtze – due to be published in April 2016.With his brother Marcus Sedgwick he wrote the graphic novel Dark Satanic Mills. The book was illustrated by John Higgins and Marc Olivent and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal in 2015. A second collaborative book, an illustrated novel based on the myth of Orpheus, is scheduled to appear in late 2016… In the meantime the brothers have a film script in development with a top producer, but aren’t holding their breaths. Julian lives near Ely, is married and has two sons. He tries to spend any spare time drawing, cycling, meditating and waiting for the weather to get cold enough to go Fen skating.


Emma Vieceli (illustrator)

From self-publishing to some of the biggest book publishers in the world, Emma loves telling stories with pictures. Her work includes: Doctor Who for Titan comics, the New York Times-bestselling Vampire Academy graphic novel series for Penguin Random House, Avalon Chronicles for Oni Press and the critically acclaimed independent web series, BREAKS with co-creator Malin Ryden. She is now working on the Alex Rider series for Walker books, The Adventures of Supergirl for DC comics, and provides guest art for titles like Marvel’s Young Avengers, IDW’s Jem & the holograms & Vertigo’s Dead Boy Detectives. Alongside comics, she worked on the A&E television series, Bates Motel, providing the sketchbook found by Norman Bates.Part of what makes me love my job so much is how varied it can be, and I tend to switch between working as an artist-for-hire and writing my own stories depending on the job at hand. Publishers past and present include: Penguin Random House, Walker Books, Oni Press, SelfMadeHero, David Fickling Books, Future Publishing, Marvel, Image, Sweatdrop, Hasbro Jungle, Tokyopop, IDW, Titan


Angela and Guy Makey (Niche Comics, retailer, Huntingdon)

Niche Comics are a dedicated team who feel that a shop in Huntingdon for those with an interest/passion for the world’s best graphic novels, comics, games and gifts is vital to the town. Niche Comics are also online.

Niche Comics & Bookshop is located at 147 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 3TF


We hope you can make it!

Best wishes

Amanda Hall and Karen Kellet (CIN), Helen Moss (SCBWI)




At HOT NUMBERS CAFE Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Tuesday 5th April 2016 7.30 – 10.00pm


This event will be an informal, social evening. We are inviting members to bring some recent, or favourite work – samples, project, book etc. - to show other members.


Come and get to know each other and find out just how much wonderful talent there is in this group – while sitting round the tables enjoying a bevy.


John Caldwell from Mill Road TV will also be there for the event. John is interested in seeing what we do and filming some of the evening for his channel.


As you’ll see, we are having to put the admission charge up to £4.00 to cover the recent hire charge for the room. This increase in admission keeps our network viable still.


To reserve your seat please email




At HOT NUMBERS CAFE Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Tuesday 15th December 2015 7.30 – 10.00pm

Details To be announced



CIN & SCBWI Autumn Event


The working relationship between children’s writers and illustrators will be explored by our three special guests.


At HOT NUMBERS CAFE Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ

Tuesday 22nd September 2015  7.30 – 10.00pm


CIN is running this particular event in collaboration with SCBWI (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

Our guest speakers will be:


Ellie Sandall

Children’s picture book writer and illustrator. Ellie has received a string of awards and nominations for her published books since completing her Masters degree in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.


Amanda Hall

Has both written and illustrated children’s books, but now prefers to illustrate other people’s texts, often in collaboration with children’s writers on both sides of the Atlantic.


Pippa Goodhart

Ex-bookseller and publisher’s reader, now the author of a hundred books for children, and teacher of those wanting to write for children.


Please RSVP to reserve your seat on the 22nd at Hot Numbers.

Tickets will be £3.00 per head on the door. (New entry fee to ensure we cover costs for our events)



CIN Summer Party

At HOT NUMBERS CAFE Units 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ 

Tuesday 14th July 2015 7.30 – 10pm



CIN is delighted to announce that our special guest speaker for the CIN summer event will be illustrator and art director Ben Tallon, who will be talking about his newly launched book Champagne and Wax Crayons: Riding the Madness of the Creative Industries In this dynamic and highly entertaining read, Ben invites us to join him backstage to witness the twists and turns of his evolving career. Each chapter describes the gladiatorial spirit needed to survive and thrive in the creative industries with your sanity intact – and all with your own bare hands – and is book-ended with industry insights and vital What I Learned summaries.

This generous and honest book is essential reading for anyone making, and hoping to make it in illustration and related creative industries. Having just read it, I can’t wait to hear the man talk about it in person in July! Copies of Ben’s book will be on sale at the event




Please RSVP to reserve your seat on the 14th at Hot Numbers.

Tickets will be £3.00 per head on the door. (New entry fee to ensure we cover costs for our events)



CIN Spring Party

Tuesday 21st April 2015


The games industry is one of the most lucrative global entertainment sectors. Illustrators play a key role within the industry, but how does the games industry work? How can we as illustrators get involved in this industry and benefit from some of the proceeds?


CIN is delighted to be inviting three specialists from different sides of the games industry who can provide us with some of the answers. Our guests will talk about their work for the industry – with visuals – and give us all a jolly good time!


The three describe themselves in the following way:

James Churchill Geeky Writer Extraordinaire

A freelance writer who has written for magazines including Retro Gamer and websites such as Game Industry. Com as well as creating interactive fiction.


Sean McMurchy Freelance Concept Artist/Designer and Illustrator.

Sean has worked for companies including Games Workshop, Electronic arts, Hothead games, Backbone games, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. digital ect.

 Sean’s Tumbler site


Tom Morgan-Jones is a dip pen illustrator and ‘dictator’ at the satirical games publishers known as TerrorBull Games.

Tom and two friends founded TBG in order to tackle difficult subjects through the medium of play.



 CIN Winter Party

Tuesday 16th December 2014


With seasonal food and entertainment provided by cabaret act Little Black Dress Duo (50% illustrator).



CIN Autumn Party

Tuesday 23rd September 2014


Our guest speaker will be Cambridge-based publisher, author and illustrator Gillian McClure. Gillian is a truly creative spirit and an inspiring speaker, her talk will describe how she has successfully set up her own publishing house Plaister Press Ltd where she publishes her own, beautiful children’s picture books. There will also be a general discussion on Self Publishing.



CIN Summer Party

Tuesday 17th June 2014


Presentation Guest speaker author/ illustrator Bridget Strevens-Marzo will share her experience of the international Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Cambridge SCBWI representative and author Helen Moss will also be talking to our members about what is going on locally.



CIN Spring Party

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Featuring Bluesman Tom Colborn.