trained as a primary school teacher at Froebel
College, Roehampton, I taught in Hounslow and Vietnam
before leaving the profession to pursue a career linked to my other great
passion – children’s books.
My educational experience led to a job with independent publisher
Child’s Play (International) Ltd. I progressed through the company from an
education and sales role to a position as Junior Editor. As
part of a small team, I managed a number of projects and assisted on many
others. I was highly valued for my keen eye for detail and my ability to
provide a new insight on projects. I remained involved with education
liaison and marketing, and managed the complete redevelopment of the website.
Child’s Play is well known for its innovative novelty books and award-winning
baby books so I have an excellent grounding in this area, as well as with
traditional picture books.
As a key part of my role, I was instrumental in
ensuring that the books that Child’s Play developed truly reflected our diverse
society, helping them to become one of the leading publishers in this field. In
2009 I was involved in a Booktrust seminar at the London Book Fair where I
spoke about how publishers can successfully include images of disabled children
in their books. I wrote an article on the subject for TAC journal and have also written guidelines for illustrators on all aspects of equality and diversity -
gender, heritage and race, culture, disability, sexual orientation and age.
Since going freelance I have worked on a range of projects, including a number of books written for teenagers. I also still work with Child's Play as a freelance editor and inclusion consultant. On top of editorial work, I have co-founded Inclusive Minds, a collective to encourage and promote diverse, inclusive, accessible and equal books for children.
well as my passion for diversity and equality issues, I have a real interest in child development and
keep up to date with research in this area. Until recently I worked part-time as a 1:1 teaching assistant for a child with additional needs; this provided me with further valuable first-hand experience.
Prior to going freelance, I spent four months in South America carrying out voluntary work with street children. Whilst volunteering at one particular home, I raised £1000 to purchase essential equipment and clothing. I'm still raising money to pay the salary of a guardian/teacher for the children. To contribute to this project, please visit my JustGiving page.
Training and Conferences Attended
Introduction to Quark and Photoshop – June 2004
Quark in Context: Leaflets and Newsletters – October 2006
Successful Editorial Freelancing – September 2011
Talk to Your Baby: The First Years Last Forever – September 2009
Talk to Your Baby: Smile, Talk and Listen – September 2010
Early Childhood Forum: Exploring Equality and Diversity in the the Early Years – March 2010
IBBY/NCRCL: Conflicts and Controversies in Children's Literature – November 2010
Equip: Developing the Publishing Workforce – May 2013
Scottish Universities Insights Institutes: New Horizons for the cultural industries: Diversity – May 2013