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Alice founded Lantana to make sure her mixed-race nephew, Ryan, was going to grow up reading books in which the characters looked like him. She can often be found walking through muddy fields or sitting with a cup of tea dreaming up how Lantana can reach new generations of young readers. She manages our partnerships, and oversees the commissioning of Lantana's titles. A former academic, and now a frequent keynote speaker across Europe and mentor to young publishers, Alice is the 2017 winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for women in publishing.
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Katrina grew up wishing the strong and brilliant girls she admired in the books she loved looked more like her. A former academic and freelance editor, she travelled to children’s libraries around the world in search of inclusive stories – until she found her place at Lantana. Now, she creates opportunities for writers of colour to tell the stories she was looking for, where children of colour are the stars. Katrina takes care of publicity and engagement and loves every minute of it.
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Holly grew up with her nose in a book and has even been known to take a book to the cinema or a party. Literature has entirely shaped who she is today and she a fervent believer in ensuring this same opportunity is provided to all children across the UK (and globally!). She started her career working for Hilary Delamere at The Agency and has since worked for a range of Publishers including PRH, Tate and Simon & Schuster. Picture books are her forte and she is commissioning and editing new titles for the list.
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Vanessa caught the reading bug early, and is a firm believer in the power of storytelling. She studied Geography and International Planning at university, and has an ongoing fascination with different cultures and cities, which she loves to explore through travel. As a child, the vast majority of stories she obsessed over didn’t have main characters who looked like her - which is why she’s so excited to assist a team who champion diverse characters, writers and illustrators!
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Maleeha grew up as a reluctant reader but when she found the ‘right’ book, there was no turning back! If she’s not tweeting about books or eating chocolate muffins, you'll find her in a bookshop hunting for her next read or at an author event. She is currently studying for a BA in English Literature and Language at Kings College London. Maleeha loves representing Lantana at events in and around London and won't stop talking about our books!
Lena grew up loving to read and draw. As a graphic design student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she gained a special interest in inclusive design and designing for children. She is currently studying for her MA in Information Design at the University of Reading. Lena is the mastermind behind Lantana's website and branding.