CLAS Festival of Calligraphy

The annual CLAS Festival of Calligraphy gives everyone a chance to indulge in letters and lettering. World class tutors teach a variety of courses in lettering and associated arts such as colour, bookbinding, manuscript illumination and so on.
It is also a chance to meet like-minded people and
make new friends. And, it is FUN!

Make sure that you're one of the first to apply by being a CLAS member.

**1st September 2018**
Due to the overwhelming popularity of the CLAS Festival 2019, all places are now taken. (Currently we cannot accept any more applications). Thank you.


Askham Bryan College, York
11th - 17th August 2019

For Course details and printable booking
form...Click here for brochure

Tutors for 2019:

Denis Brown, Manny Ling, Tim Noad, Jan Pickett
and David Simons...

Please fill in and print off, or email your completed form with your payment to
Ann Mason, CLAS Festival 2019, 33, St Laurence Road, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2AU or


Booking Information (Terms and Conditions)


The workshops take place during two 2 1/2 day sessions – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning then Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.
Registration is on Sunday afternoon from 3-5 pm with tuition starting early on Monday morning. Several of our internationally acclaimed tutors will give short illustrated talks or demonstrations in the evening. We will arrange for sales of calligraphic materials and books on the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning only. Details will be sent out nearer the time.


Accommodation is in single student rooms with ensuite facilities.  Some twin rooms are available if you are bringing a partner.  Please indicate if you would like a ground floor room for medical reasons. If you have any concerns about the accommodation or accessibility of the site please contact either Ann or Sue before booking.  We will do our best to accommodate any reasonable request.


Early booking is recommended to secure your first choice.  All bookings received before the 1 September 2018 will be dealt with together.  A draw may take place for any workshops that are oversubscribed.
Please indicate your second and third choices, as we cannot always guarantee a place in your first choice.
Your deposit will not be taken before you are offered and have accepted a place.
The booking form will also be accessible from the festival page of the CLAS website:

Ann Mason, CLAS Festival 2019, 33 St. Laurence Road, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2AU  (tel: Ann Mason 07972 276996 or Sue  Hodgkinson 07792 735717)


Fees - CLAS members fees are discounted by £40 as shown in the table below:


Full Festival

One Session






Full board





Partner's package (no tuition)





Non resident






Full board Includes 6 nights accommodation from Sunday 11 August 2019, tuition, all meals, teas & coffees.
Non resident includes dinner on Sunday 11 August 2019, tuition, lunches, teas & coffees, and dinner on Friday 16 August 2019.

Payment is as follows: (Please follow these instructions very carefully)
Please use your own name as it appears on the form as reference for BACS online or credit card or PayPal payments or write it on the back of your cheque (i.e. not a partner who shares a joint bank account as this causes us and our treasurer much confusion)

  • Non-refundable deposit of £70 per person, payable on booking
  • For all UK participants, the balance is by cheque dated 1 May 2019 enclosed with your deposit cheque or by BACS online.
  • Payments from overseas should be by credit card or PayPal.

For any queries on how to use credit card or PayPal, contact Ann Mason (07972 276996)

If notified to us before 1st May 2019 your post-dated cheque or payment will be returned.
Should you have to cancel please notify us as soon as possible in order that we may offer your place to another.
WE REGRET THAT CANCELLATIONS AFTER 1ST MAY 2019 CANNOT BE REFUNDED - you are advised to take out ‘holiday’ insurance to cover this.

To reduce costs email will be used for all correspondence.

Click here for a form you can fill in and email, or print and post.

Credit card and PayPal payments

Click the button to pay one or more £70 deposits


All sums are less £70 deposit.

  CLAS member Non member
Full board £620

Non-resident £370


All sums are less £70 deposit.

  CLAS member Non member
Full board £275
Non-resident £150

PARTNER'S PACKAGE (no tuition)

All sums are less £70 deposit.

  Full week Half week
Full board £438

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Participants gathered at Elim College in West Malvern for the 21st Calligraphy Festival.

The atmosphere at Elim College is wonderful, enhanced by fabulous views over Herefordshire.   A glass of wine in the evening on the terrace cheered and replenished students for the next day’s work.

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