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How does Outside In World work?


Outside In World comprises a small team of freelance experts in children's literature. This flexible and modern approach ensures minimal overheads, office and staff costs, and ensures that all funding is focused directly on the delivery of the organisation's objectives.


The Outside In World freelance team is governed and guided by a committed team of trustees with substantial and suitable skills and expertise.


The Team

Our Co-Founders

Deborah Hallford has worked in the children’s literature field for over 20 years, co-edited Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation (Milet 2005) and writes and edits for the Outside In World website.

Alexandra Strick has worked in and around the children’s book industry for over 25 years.  She is a published author, consults and campaigns for inclusive books, and is a co-founder of Inclusive Minds.

Edgardo Zaghini is a chartered librarian with over 40 years of experience. He co-edited Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation (Milet 2005) and currently works as a Children’s Librarian at Beckenham Library, Bromley in Kent.

Our Trustees

Patricia Billings is an author, publisher, wisdom worker, mindfulness guide and advocate. Co-founder of Milet Publishing, she specialises in bilingual and translated books, especially for children.

Graham Fawcett is a poetry lecturer and tutor, writer, broadcaster and translator from Italian and French -

Gillian Lathey is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. She was Director of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature and has also written several published works on comparative children’s literature and translation.

Alan Martin is a Chartered Accountant. He is Managing Director for Marchmont Ventures, an investment fund focused on investing in high growth technology businesses.

Brian Perman worked in book publishing for over 25 years. He was Managing Director, trade publishing at Hutchinson Publishing Group; Managing Director, William Heinemann and an executive consultant, US Simon & Schuster. He was Chief Executive of BookTrust during the 1990s.

Leigh Slocombe began his career working in the charity sector in 1991 and has included St John Ambulance, The Samaritans, The Brain and Spine Foundation and Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK. He is now a regional partner for Promedica24 Live-in Care.

Janet White has had a career in education covering 30 years in the field of English teaching and assessment. She has worked with the National Foundation of Educational Research (NFER); the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Janet currently works as an independent consultant.

Our Patrons

Sarah Ardizzone is an award-winning literary translator from French with over 50 titles to her name. Her work spans children’s young adult and literary fiction and includes writers such as Daniel Pennac, Faïza Guene, Yasmina Reza and Alexandre Dumas. She specialises in translating sharp dialogue, urban and migrant slang – ‘a world literature in French' and also curates educational programmes – including Translation Nation, Translators in Schools and the Spectacular Translation Machine.

Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children’s books. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. He is best known for The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child written by Julia Donaldson with whom he has now collaborated for over 20 years and remain one of the most creative partnerships in the Children’s book world.



The organisation dedicated to promoting and exploring world literature and children’s books in translation

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