About the trustees
Introduction to the Trustees
Kate Griffin is an international literature consultant. Through her work with Writers’ Centre Norwich, and before that the British Centre for Literary Translation, she has developed projects in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. She also works with the London Review Bookshop on their world literature series, and with the Select Centre in Singapore on translation projects. From 2005 until 2010 Kate was a judge for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She spent most of the 1990s working overseas in Belgium and Russia.
Bill Swainson read English at Leeds University and has worked in publishing since 1976, at John Calder (Publishers) Ltd, Allison & Busby, Fourth Estate and the Harvill Press. He has also worked as a freelance editor and literary consultant. In 2000 he joined Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, where he is currently Senior Commissioning Editor, publishing a wide range of non-fiction and also a list of fiction in translation, including such authors as Javier Cercas, Patrick Modiano, Boualem Sansal, Judith Schalansky, Hasan Ali Toptaş, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Delphine de Vigan. He has previously been a literary adviser to the British Centre for Literary Translation and a trustee of both the Poetry Society and the Poetry Book Society. He has been a literary adviser to The Santa Maddalena Foundation since 1999. He lives in London.