Who we are...
Anna has worked for almost 30 years in children's publishing - as an editor, writer and publisher. Trained as a teacher, she brings child-development knowledge and experience to her work.
Anna is a committed feminist and has been an advocate for inclusive and diverse publishing throughout her long career. "Issue books and books about gender, racism, disability and so forth have an important role to play, but I like to include a range of children naturally. I don't think any child should need a reason to be the star," she says.
Nicky is a publicist specialising in children’s literature and social inclusion. A trustee of the English Association and a Philippa Pearce Lecture committee member, she served on a steering group set up by Arts Council England to promote diversity in children’s books and worked for the office of the Children’s Laureate with Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen.
In addition to her publishing work she currently works with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, The Children’s Bookshow and The School Library Association
Nicky has bee part of the Alanna Books team since 2009.
Petula has worked in children's rights for over 25 years and has a passion for picture books.
She started her career in London at Methuen Children's Books, which then became Reed Children's Books, onto 3 years at Penguin Books selling the Hamish Hamilton Children's list before taking a gap year and back-packing around the world.
On returning to the UK she joined Harper Collins and then Egmont for 7 years before deciding to leave the bright lights of the big city to move her family down to the wilds of Dartmoor in Devon and setting up her Rights Consultancy business. She is delighted to now be representing the Alanna list.
Louise grew up in houses full of books, and learned to read before she went to school.
She studied art and design at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, and subsequently studied typography at the London College of Communication. She worked as a designer and art director in a number of publishing houses - Faber & Faber, Macmillan, Methuen Children’s Books, BBC Books, Levinson Books - before set up as a freelance book designer about
20 years ago. Louise has worked with a multitude of publishers including Barefoot Books, Bloomsbury, Fourth Estate, Ivy Kids, Leopold, Little Tiger Press, Lucy Loveheart Creations,
the Natural History Museum, Orchard, Orion Children’s Books, Oxford University Press,
Phoenix Yard Books, Piccadilly Press, Pimento, Random House, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Van Goor and Zirkoon. She is currently working on projects with Alanna Books, b small publishing, Books for Keeps Magazine, Julian Calder Publishing, Troika Books, the Wimbledon International Music Festival, Joy Whitby and ZazaKids Books.
Louise has always worked on a wide range of books – from preschool novelty books to a series on every single type of mousetrap you can think of, and everything in-between! She says
“I love this variety and the extraordinary cast of people I have collaborated with over the past 30 years.” Louise's website is here
Sound Engineer & Video Production
Ren worked on the Alanna Books Multi-language CDs - no mean feat as it involved recording over 30 people of different nationalities speaking different languages. Ren's extraordinary talent and ear for the rhythms and music of language enabled him to edit all the tracks.
Ren also worked with us recording and editing the videos of toddlers singing and doing the actions for the rhymes on Zeki Loves Baby Club.
Res is a founder of BandVault TV an on-line channel for the contemporary and popular music culture, broadcasting original music videos, live acoustic performances, interviews and lots more. Click here for more.