World Calligraphy Day 2018: Get Involved

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Celebrating World Calligraphy Day in Capri last year

Last year I was in Italy and this year I’ll be in the USA.

Some might say I’m taking World Calligraphy Day a little too literally!

If I wasn’t heading off on holiday though, I’d love to be hanging out at The Pen Museum in Birmingham on Wednesday, August 15.

World Calligraphy Day 2018

Manuscript Pen Company Ltd is once again celebrating the art of calligraphy and hand lettering in the heart of the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

It follows the success of last year’s inaugural World Calligraphy Day.

A host of world-renowned creatives will be sharing their skills, including my calligrafriend and modern calligrapher Joyce Lee, from Manchester-based Artsynibs Studio.

Others include lettering artist James L Lewis, Arabic calligraphy school Ottoman Calligraphy, Calligraphy Arts founder Jane Lappage and Birmingham Scribes member and expert in traditional western calligraphy scripts, Sheila Smith.

They will be running workshops and handwriting consultant Nick Caulkin, a lecturer specialising in handwriting and calligraphy, will be offering drop-in advice sessions.

Say Something Special 

If you can’t get to Birmingham, however, there are other ways you can get involved.

nikko g nibAs part of World Calligraphy Day, Manuscript has partnered with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to launch the Say Something Special campaign.

The company is encouraging people to write a special letter to the hospital, which will then be delivered alongside some Manuscript products for use in art classes and play sessions.

Letters can be sent to Say Something Special, c/o Small Man Media, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL. For more information, e-mail

You can download a template sheet here. 

Sharing is Caring

You can also get involved via social media.

Stay tuned form now until World Calligraphy Day on the @ManuscriptPenCo feeds across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content, including top tips, video reviews and much more.

For budding calligraphers, there will be competitions and activities running across all three channels. Watch out for your favourite artsuts and calligraphers sharing their work.

Don’t forget to use the World Calligraphy day hashtags! #WCD #WorldCalligraphyDay #ManuscriptWCD #SaySomethingSpecial

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