This is a little about me
I have over ten years’ experience in project management, intercultural collaboration and publishing. I am driven by a commitment to equality, creativity and artistic expression in literature and the arts for all sectors of the community.
My in-depth exploration of children’s books began during my time at Black Dog Publishing where I co-edited Illustrated Children’s Books (2009) – a celebration of the power of picture books and their great ability to capture the imaginations of children and adults alike. This project whetted my appetite and I completed an MA in Children’s Literature and English Education at Roehampton in 2012.
After a number of years working with charities such as The Reading Agency, Book Trust, and Pop Up Projects, I returned to the business of making books and began working across Quarto’s non-fiction and picture book imprints.
In 2016, I was approached by Tiny Owl Publishing to help develop and grow their emerging picture book list. As a passionate advocate for diverse picture books and books in translation, I was happy to join this small team to promote under-represented voices in children’s literature. During my time at Tiny Owl, I brokered new relationships with Thames and Hudson and Consortium Book Sales & Distribution for worldwide distribution.
I commissioned over 30 picture books working with authors and illustrators from around the world. Through working with lesser known and contemporary artists, I have enjoyed actively seeking new voices as well as supporting the professional development of practitioners who may normally find it difficult to access mainstream publishing. I have also nurtured on-going relationships with UK authors and illustrators from celebrated names such as Jackie Morris, Elizabeth Laird, Beverley Naidoo, Nicola Davies, Alan Durant, Pippa Goodhart, Ken Wilson-Max and Joyce Dunbar to new illustrators such as Anna Doherty, Polly Noakes and Robyn Wilson-Owen.
I have been a member of IBBY UK’s committee since 2014 and was elected to IBBY International’s Executive Committee in 2018. A worldwide organisation, IBBY represents a network of 80 national sections that promote children’s rights through literature. My work includes developing and supporting new sections from the Global South, developing key strategic areas of practice and business development.
MA in Children’s Literature (Merit), Roehampton University
Sept 2010 – Dec 2012
PGC in English Education (Merit), Roehampton University
Sept 2010 – Jan 2012
BA Media and Communications (1st Class Honours), Goldsmiths College Sept 2002 – Jun 2006
BTEC Foundation in Art and Design (Merit), Camberwell College of Arts Sept 2000 – Jun 2001