Stephen Braund

Job title
Course Coordinator, MA Illustration: Authorial Practice
01326 213711 Ext: 3711

Steve started out in commercial illustration, working mostly in publishing for companies in the UK and USA including Puffin, Macmillan, Mosby, Heinemann, Scholastic, Radio and TV Times, Sunday Times. Alongside his illustration practice Steve went on to develop as an educator and independent publisher. He joined Falmouth University in 1990 where, after teaching on the BA (Hons)Illustration course, he created, and is course coordinator of, the highly influential MA Illustration: Authorial Practice course. Steve is managing director of award-winning graphic literature publisher Atlantic Press, and until recently was international advisory group member for The House of Illustration in London's King's Cross, and external examiner for MA Visual Communication at the RCA and MA Sequential Design and Illustration at University of Brighton.


YearQualificationAwarding body
MA Fine Art
University of Plymouth
Diploma in Design (Distinction)
Cornwall College

Honours and awards


The Royal Watercolour Society. Best Picture Award


Atlantic Press. The Michael Marks Illustration Award for best illustrated poetry pamphlet, for 'The Clearing', by Luke Thompson, illustrated by Mairead Dunne.

Membership of external committees

Member of the International Advisory Group for the House of Illustration, King's Cross, London

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Steve has been involved in a collaborative project with illustrator/educator Anna Bhushan, illustrating a work on meditation and yoga, with teacher/practitioner Mr A L V Kumar, Hyderabad. Research interests include small press book publishing through the directorship of Atlantic Press Ltd. The research focuses on narrative and sequential, and on picture and word relationships in authorial illustrated books, and deals with questions of production and distribution. The ethos of the press is the promotion of authorial illustration and the publishing of first authorial works by illustrators.

In a project entitled, The Itinerant Illustration: Creating Storyworlds in the Reader’s Space, Steve explored the storytelling potential of direct address within illustration as moments where fictional characters look out from their still-image worlds, whether picture-book, graphic novel or comic, into ours. The project considered the possibility of creating fictional worlds by employing direct address to generate narrative in the real time and space of the reader/viewer. This approach parallels Brecht’s idea of ‘showing showing’, where his actors break through the ‘fourth wall’: the audience constantly aware they are watching a play; the structure of their experience laid bare. Steve explored showing showing, from an illustration perspective, where the reader/viewer of the sequence of illustrations is not only aware that they are being watched by that which they are watching, but to propose that it is possible to construct a story in the reader’s space (See publication: The Red Haze, Atlantic Press Books).

In another research project, Slowing time down: Correspondences, Ambiguity and Attendance, Steve highlighted the possibilities of redirecting content by form; how formal composition can help indicate the illustrations content and further extend its meaning.

Research topics

sequential illustration

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Braund, Stephen (2016) The Itinerant Illustrator: Creating storyworlds in the reader's space. Journal of Illustration, 3 (1). 101 -119. ISSN 20520204

Braund, Steve (2012) Slowing time down: Correspondences, ambiguity and attendance. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 4 (3). pp. 427-443. ISSN 17535190

Braund, Stephen (2003) The Journal. The Journal, August/September 2003 (Aug 03). pp. 1-30. ISSN Issn 1474-1679 Item availability may be restricted.
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Book Chapter

Braund, Stephen (2013) Bodhi: Illustrating the Unseen. In: UNSPECIFIED UNSPECIFIED.


Juniper, Emily and Braund, Stephen (2016) Vassa Zheleznova. n/a . Atlantic Press Ltd, Falmouth. ISBN 978-0-9571549-9-5

Thompson, Luke and Dunne, Mairead (2016) The Clearing. Atlantic Press Poetry . Atlantic Press Ltd, Penryn, Cornwall. ISBN 978-0-9571549-8-8
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Strang, Em and Osmond, Matthew (2016) Stone. Atlantic Press Poetry . Atlantic Press Ltd, Penryn, Cornwall. ISBN 978-0-9571549-7-1
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Kilburn, John (2016) 72 Hrs. 72Hrs . Atlantic Press Ltd, Penryn. ISBN 978-0-9571549-6-4
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Braund, Stephen (2016) Traditional Yoga: The Science of Yoga. n/a . Traditional Yoga, Bath. ISBN n/a
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Anderson, Gemma and Noy, Violeta (2015) Isomorphology. Isomorphology . Atlantic Press Ltd, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 8JW. ISBN 978-0-9571549-3-3


Braund, Stephen (2016) Exhibition of the illustrations from The Musings of Creatures Imagined in a Barren Land. [Exhibition]

Braund, Stephen (2011) The Empties Collector. [Exhibition]

Braund, Stephen (2011) Magic Theatre Exhibition. [Exhibition] Item not available from this repository.


Braund, Stephen (2016) The Musings of Creatures Imagined in a Barren Land. [Design]


Morgan, Catrin and Braund, Stephen (2016) The Blue Forum. [Conference]
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Wylde, Gillian and Shapiro, Carolyn and Christoforidou, Maria and Chapman, Neil (2017) FOMO: Falmouth Art Publishing Fair 2017. UNSPECIFIED.
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Falmouth Illustration Forum (joint organiser with Dr. Catrin Morgan)
Hidden Agenda
Dan Fern, Anna Bhushan, Vincent Larkin, John Vernon Lord, Mat Osmond, Mireille Fauchon, Max Porter.


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Witness: Reportage & Documentary
Anne Howeson, Fumio Obata, Jenny Soep, Gary Embury, Sue Coe, Lucinda Rogers, Anna Cattermole


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
The Graphic Novel Forum: Questions of Format and Intent
Tom Gauld, Catherine Anyango, Barnaby Richards, Isabel Greenberg and Roger Sabin (Chair)


University of Brighton, ‘The, Now, After’ Exhibition 17th Jan- Feb 2013


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
The Absurd Event: Approaches to Absurdity in Illustration
Sophie Herzheimer (Chair), Paul Slater, Adam Dant, Peter Blegvad, Benoit Jacques, John Vernon Lord, Amelia Johnstone.


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Metamorphosis: Interpretation and Adaptation in Illustration
Jonathon Rosen, Bill Bragg, Graham Rawle, Anna Bhushan, Andrew Foster, Mathew Richardson, David Kerr and Amelia Johnstone (Chair)


Paper given at Manchester Metropolitan Univ. Illustration Conference.
Paper entitled: Slowing Down Time: Correspondences, Ambiguity and Attendance


Collaboration with students from Trinity Laban, The Empties Collector, contemporary dance and animation piece performed at Laban’s Bonnie Bird Theatre


Decalcomania, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance 24th Sept – 29th Oct. Atlantic Press


Falmouth Illustration Forum
Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
The Untamed Tiger:The Illustrator and the self-initiated project
Jonathon Rosen, Bill Bragg, Graham Rawle, Anna Bhushan, Andrew Foster, Mathew Richardson, David Kerr and Amelia Johnstone (Chair)


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Convergences in Illustration, Literature and Design
Sara Fanelli, Audrey Niffenegger, Prof. John Vernon Lord, Viviane Schwarz, Dr Leo DeFreitas (Chair)


UWE: Time & Being: Landscape, Memory, Time. Touring Group Show. Curator: Mack Manning


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Dominique Goblet, Andrzej Klimowski, Danusia Schejbal, Graham Rawle, Jamie Shovlin


Guest Lecturer: An Independent Line Symposium, University of Gloucester


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Publishers on Publishing Graphic Literature
Chris Oliveros (Drawn & Quarterly, Canada), Gita Wolf (Tara Books, India), Dan Franklin (Jonathan Cape, London),Yvan Alagbe (FRMK, Paris), Paul Gravett (Chair)


The Owl & Lion Gallery, Edinburgh


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Anke Feuchtenberger, Stefano Ricci, Andrew Kulman and Chris Bianchi


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Collaborative Practice
Dave McKean, Russell Mills, Ian Walton, Anna Bhushan and Laura Carlin


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Independent Press and Self-Publishing:
Tom Gauld, Benoit Jacques, David Shrigley and Simone Lia


Guest Lecturer for Grafill, at Visuelt Conference, Oslo


Falmouth Illustration Forum (creator, organiser and presenter)
Authorial Illustration
George Hardie, Robert Mason, Martin tom Dieck and Dr Leo DeFreitas


Group Show: The Society Of Illustrators, new York, entitled: ‘6 Falmouth Illustrators’


Areas of teaching


Courses taught

MA Illustration: Authorial Practice

Business engagement

Business start ups

Editor and publisher at Atlantic Press

Professional engagement