Paper Beach

A unique collaboration between Egmont Books and artists’ collective East Cliff Creatives, plus our authors, illustrators, schools, parents and children – to celebrate the power and magic of reading.

Whilst the New Year has started eventfully for all of us, 2021 will be a particularly important year for us at Egmont.  The Paper Beach Project aims to celebrate reading for pleasure whilst we’re all still physically distanced; it will also be the way we share with the world a brand new company name and identity for Egmont that will come into effect from 1st April 2021 – one year on from our transition into the HarperCollins family.  Our new company name will be revealed at the end of this ambitious project – but we hope you’ll help join this exciting collaboration that also aims to prove that even whilst we are apart, we can still come together to create something wonderful; and whilst we’re limited on where we can go and who we can see, we can still go on the most fantastic adventures within the pages of a book.

This is a community-style art project, and we want you to get involved.  Participation is open to all – but we particularly want to hear from children.  Read on to find out how you can take part.

The collaboration between Egmont Books and East Cliff Creatives will bring together the thoughts of thousands of participants, young and old, to celebrate the magic of reading through the creation of a giant artwork.

A new painting by Hythe artist Hayley Restall will provide the backdrop to the words and drawings of over 3,000 submissions – all exploring the places and adventures reading can take us on.  The painting itself will be reconstructed from thousands of sheets of paper at a live-streamed event on Friday, March 12th.  

The project is open to anyone, any age, anywhere, but we are particularly keen to encourage children to take part. Details on how to get involved are below.

 Participating schools, and parents who are homeschooling, will have an opportunity to work with children’s book authors and illustrators – to inspire a new generation of avid readers.  

As well as the live streaming event, a short documentary will capture our journey.

How to Take Part:

STEP 1 Grab a plain white A4 sheet of paper and a black pen. Any kind of pen will do, whatever feels most comfortable for you.
STEP 4 Scan your sheet of paper at the highest resolution your scanner can manage, and then email the image to and Please put Paper Beach Submission in the subject line.

East Cliff Creatives

The East Cliff Creatives was founded by a handful of artisans who found they all lived on the same little street in Folkestone, Kent and wanted to help each other out. They are known for their imaginative, collaborative and purposeful artwork projects on the Kent coast.

To find out more about East Cliff Creatives, click here

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