Get Ready for World Calligraphy Day 2018

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, World Calligraphy Day is back for the 2nd year.

Hosted by the Pen Museum and Manuscript Pen Company, World Calligraphy Day 2018 celebrates the art of calligraphy and hand lettering with a day of events in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

This year, the event takes place on Wednesday 15th August 2018.

Let’s take a closer look at what we can expect from the big day…

World Calligraphy Day 2018 Events

World Calligraphy Day brings together a host of celebrated artists to share their love of calligraphy and hand-lettering. From the historic surroundings of the Pen Museum, the day will be filled with workshops and drop-in sessions that will allow visitors to meet and learn from a talented group of calligraphy artists.

Discover the History

World Calligraphy Day 2018 gives us all a great excuse to explore the Pen Museum. Visitors will learn about the many pen companies of Birmingham and the history of the trade starting from quills and dip pens to the modern day fountain pen. The museum even lets you step back in time and try your hand at creating your very own steel pen nib using traditional machinery.

Meet the Calligraphy Artists

If you’re an admirer of beautiful writing World Calligraphy Day 2018 gives you the opportunity to meet an amazing set of artists.

  • Modern Calligrapher Joyce Lee of Artsynibs
  • Lettering artist phenomenon James L Lewis
  • Arabic Calligraphy School, Ottoman Calligraphy
  • Founder of Calligraphy Arts, Jane Lappage,
  • Member of the Birmingham Scribes and expert in traditional western calligraphy scripts, Sheila Smith

These featured artists (and many more) will be at The Pen Museum from 11 am – 4 pm.

Drop-In Handwriting Sessions

Nick Caulkin aka “Nick the Nibs” has over 30 years experience in the art of fine handwriting. He is a lecturer specialising in handwriting and calligraphy, as well as a handwriting consultant.

For World Calligraphy Day 2018 he will be hosting drop-in sessions for anyone that wants to perfect their handwriting technique.

So, if you are looking for advice on your handwriting, pop by Nick’s handwriting sessions taking place in “The School” at the museum all day.


12.30pm – 1.15pm – Modern Calligraphy for Beginners with Artsynibs.

1.30pm – 2.15pm – Hand Lettering Work Shop with James Lewis.

2.30pm – 3.15pm – Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Ottoman Calligraphy.

Say Something Special

As part of World Calligraphy Day 2018, Manuscript Pen Company is partnering with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to launch the ‘Say Something Special’ campaign.

The campaign encourages celebrities, journalists, business people, students, and the general public to write a special letter to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

These can be sent to Say Something Special c/o Small Man Media, 2nd Floor, 6 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4BL.

Each individual letter will then be forwarded on to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital alongside some Manuscript product for the hospital to use for their art classes and play sessions.

If enough letters are sent, these will be on display during World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum.

More information is available by emailing [email protected]

Get Involved in World Calligraphy day 2018

If you want to get involved with World Calligraphy Day it’s never been easier.

Workshops can be booked online and you can visit the Pen Museum to experience the day for yourself.

For those who can’t make it to Birmingham, everyone is encouraged to get involved online.

Competitions and activities will be running across Manuscript Pen Company’s social media accounts (@ManuscriptPenCo). They will also be providing updates from the Pen Museum as the day progresses.

If you use calligraphy or hand-lettering in your greeting cards, stationery or giftware products share them online during the day.

Use the event #hashtags…




… to celebrate calligraphy and hand-lettering in all its forms.

A Look Back at the First World Calligraphy Day

To give you a sneak preview of what you can expect if you visit the Pen Museum for World Calligraphy Day, here’s a look back at last year’s event.

Find Out More

If you’re interested in booking a workshop place or finding out more about World Calligraphy Day 2018, please visit the event’s website.

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