Allison DeFrees is a lawyer, puppeteer, playwright, poet and songwriter. She read English Language and Literature and minored in French at the University of Virginia, followed by a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. While working primarily in the field of immigration law, she also has experience in medical malpractice, family, real estate and contracts law, and has a deep commitment to pro bono work. Ms. Ouvry has concurrently enjoyed a career in writing, theatre arts and music. In New York City Ms. DeFrees was invested in the poetry scene, helping to set up readings throughout the city. Since settling in London, along with a law practice Ms. DeFrees' main activities have centered on puppetry, as a playwright, puppet master and puppeteer. Recent commissions include a Shakespeare-based puppet show for the Victoria & Albert Museum and a show about Borges for the Wigtown Book Festival.
Alex’s interest in the translation of poetry stems from his study of Latin and Ancient Greek, studying that was challenged by cumbersome Victorian texts.
In his full time work, Alex has spent the last 8 years examining how the children of entrepreneurs understand and integrate into the businesses their parents created- a different kind of translation.
He spends his time between London and Chicago.
Sarah Odedina has worked in publishing for more than two decades. As the Publishing Director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing, where she worked for 14 years, she oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as published many other best-selling prize-winning novels and picture books. In 2011 Sarah founded the successful and award-winning Hot Key Books. Sarah is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press commissioning titles for the children's and YA list. She is the co-founder of Scoop a magazine for children. She was for two years the curator of the children's section of FlipSide Literary Festival in Suffolk, England. Sarah travels around the world giving talks and hosting workshops about publishing and children’s literature. She also teaches creative writing focusing on books for young readers.
Emily Hayter is a Programme Manager at INASP, an organisation working to support research production, sharing and use in low and middle income countries. Most recently she has managed the delivery of a DfID-funded programme active in parliaments, ministries and civil service training centres in Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe, aimed at strengthening the use of research in policy making.
Emily has nine years’ experience working in the international development sector, focused on the research-to-policy system and working with government institutions, researchers and civil society organisations. Her work has been focused in Africa, where she has experience in a number of countries and has lived in Tanzania and Rwanda. She holds a BA in Modern History and English from Oxford and a Masters in African Studies from SOAS.
Emily also sits on the board of Canon Collins Trust, an NGO working to support communities of scholars and activists in southern Africa who create and use knowledge for social impact.