Sandy Balfour is an author and prize-winning television producer. He currently serves as a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner and is a council member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He was previously CEO of the Canon Collins Trust. He was chair of Divine Chocolate from its launch in 1998 until 2010, and subsequently chaired its sister company Liberation Foods CiC.
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 Specialist 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.
Alireza Abiz is an Iranian poet, literary critic and translator.
Abiz has written extensively on Persian contemporary literature and culture. His scholarly book ‘Censorship of Literature in Post-Revolutionary Iran: Politics and Culture since 1979’ is forthcoming by I. B. Tauris.
He has so far published five collections of poetry in Persian: Stop! We must get off, Spaghetti with Mexican Sauce, I can hear a tree from my desk, 13/1 Koohsangi Street, and Black Line- London Underground which won the Shamlou Poetry Award in 2018. His sixth collection, The Desert Monitor is forthcoming. Abiz is an award-winning translator and has translated some leading English language poets including W.B. Yeats, Ted Hughes, Basil Bunting, Derek Walcott, Allen Ginsberg and C.K. Williams into Persian.
Abiz has also worked in the media as a journalist and broadcast journalist and is currently employed as the Creative Director in a media company.
Janet Remmington is a scholarly publisher, researcher, reviewer, and writer. She works as journals editorial director for the global Arts & Humanities programme and regional director for Africa at Routledge, Taylor & Francis. With two decades of publishing experience, she has pioneered interdisciplinary publications and partnership arrangements, and championed global South authorship and resource access. In her research capacity, Janet has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on African literature, and she co-edited Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present, which won the 2018 Non-Fiction Prize from South Africa’s National Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences. She is completing a cultural history of black South African travel texts for a PhD at the University of York. Janet has Masters degrees in English Literature (University of Cape Town), African Studies (University of Oxford), Creative Writing (Royal Holloway, University of London) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Publishing (Oxford Brookes). She has published creative non-fiction, poetry, and reviews in literary magazines, while facilitating creative exchanges and publication opportunities across borders.
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