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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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Melis grew up with a bookworm for a sister and a love for the film Matilda. When a teacher introduced her to her favourite book series aged six, she started to discover new fictional worlds and never looked back. As an MSc Publishing graduate and aspiring author, she dreams of helping others find themselves reflected in the books they read. Now, she looks forward to representing Lantana on socials, connecting the next generation of readers with more inclusive, and representative, books.
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!
Sherish is currently a Lead Teacher of English at a secondary school in West London. Books have always been a part of her life; she remembers spending her pocket money in charity book shops. She now tries to instil the love of books in the hearts of our next generation. She loves to make reading and learning fun and engaging, and creates the education content for Lantana titles. She hopes to one day write her own book.
Aysha never used to pay much attention to books when she was young and only fell in love with reading as a young teen. After reading The Hobbit, she was officially hooked! When she isn’t reading, Aysha spends most of her time dancing and drinking coffee. Aysha is currently a final year BA History student at King’s College London and hopes to pursue a career in publishing once she graduates.
Sekela grew up enjoying reading books of all types and often imagined herself in the roles of her favourite characters. A current undergraduate law student at Oxford, she mainly reads statutes and textbooks but has not lost her love for literature. Passionate about accessibility and inclusivity, she is glad that she can contribute to the inclusion of diverse characters in children’s book so that they no longer have to insert themselves into narratives but rather are central to them.