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About the trustees

Introduction to the Trustees

Allison Ouvry

Allison Ouvry

Allison Ouvry 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. Ouvry was invested in the poetry scene, helping to set up readings throughout the city. Since settling in London, along with a law practice Ms. Ouvry's 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.    

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Kate Griffin

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. 

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Bill Swainson

Bill Swainson

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.

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