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Bloomsbury Publishing

Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house, established in 1986, with authors who have won the Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prizes, and is the originating publisher and custodian of the Harry Potter series. Bloomsbury has offices in London, New York, New Delhi, Oxford and Sydney. Within Bloomsbury’s Academic division, it publishes under Bloomsbury, as well as under a number of prestigious and historic imprint names.


Meet the Bloomsbury Publishing team involved with Pathways.

Strawberie Donnelly

Art Director - Picture Books and Illustrated Fiction

Strawberrie Donnelly is the Art Director for picture books and illustrated fiction at Bloomsbury Children’s Books ~ and loves every bit of her job! Coming to the industry from a graphic design and illustration background, Strawberrie has worked in publishing for over twenty years, as a designer and art director for many well-known publishing houses, including Little Tiger Press, Scholastic and Macmillan. She brings to Pathways a wealth of picture book commissioning experience, a fervent love of storytelling and a supportive, positive approach to nurturing new illustration talent.
She is looking forward to meeting and working with as many mentees as possible – and riffling through every single portfolio and sketchbook!

Stephanie Amster

Creative Director

Stephanie began her career as a designer at Walker Books, where she learnt how to craft beautiful picture books from inspirational art directors and editors. In a blink of an eye fifteen years flew past and she moved to Orchard books as Assistant Art Director. In 2010 she was asked to join a new publishing house, Nosy Crow. When Bloomsbury came knocking at her door in 2016 and asked if she would like to join them as their Creative Director of Children’s, of course she jumped at the chance.
Since joining Bloomsbury, she has stretched herself creatively, working on long extents and older illustrated fiction. She has just designed her first ever mono, middle grade fiction title, and she's still learning and looking forward to all the books to come.