FACILITATORS

SARAH ODEDINA

Sarah began her publishing career selling translation rights and moved to editorial as the Publishing Director of the children’s list of Bloomsbury Publishing where she worked for 14 years and oversaw the publication of the Harry Potter series as well as published many other best-selling prize-winning novels and picture books including by the renowned authors and illustrators Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Celia Rees, Louis Sachar and Margaret Atwood .

In 2011 Sarah founded the successful and award-winning Hot Key Books. Sarah is now Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Press commissioning titles for the children’s and YA list as well as Editor for the bi-monthly children’s magazine SCOOP. Sarah’s career highlights include her authors winning numerous awards, becoming world-wide best-sellers and having the opportunity to launch the careers of exciting and talented new authors.

In 2018 Sarah formed Accord Literary with Deborah Ahenkorah with the objective of working with authors based in Africa who are writing for young readers. This involves her giving talks and hosting workshops about publishing and children’s literature and mentoring authors with the view of finding those authors publishers worldwide. Accord Literary is partnering with Norton Books for Young Readers in the USA on a list of six titles to be published over two years.

DEBORAH AHENKORAH

Deborah Ahenkorah Osei-Agueykum is the founder of African Bureau Stories, a publishing house that connects children around the world with African stories they’ll love to read. She is also a co-founder of Accord Literary, which is an agency that is committed to providing increased opportunities for African writers and illustrators to publish locally and internationally. Deborah Ahenkorah also established the Golden Baobab Prize, the prestigious literary award which over the past ten years has discovered and supported children’s book authors and illustrators across Africa.

Deborah has championed and advocated for the African children’s literature industry from grassroots levels to large global stages such as the World Economic Forum. She is an award-winning leader and her work has been celebrated by international organizations such as Echoing Green, the Aspen Institute and the Grinnell Prize for Social Justice.

She is a recipient of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award given by His Highness the Aga Khan and the government of Canada recognizing her efforts to promote African children’s literature as a way to build a more inclusive world. Deborah is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Accra with her husband and little boy.

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