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“Diversity in all areas of our business is incredibly important to HarperCollins and we are delighted to be partnering with Pop Up Projects and House of Illustration on such an innovative platform. The participants will have access to some of the most creative and ingenious minds across children’s publishing and I have no doubt the course will produce a wave of superstar author/illustrators of the future.”

With a heritage stretching back over 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between. Today, HarperCollins UK publishes around 1,000 books a year. It is run by Chief Executive Officer Charlie Redmayne and employs some 900 people in London, Glasgow and Honley. HarperCollins also has an office in Dublin, Ireland.


Meet the HarperCollins team involved with Pathways.

Kate Burns

Colour Publisher

In the course of her career, Kate has worked at major trade houses and small start ups. She has discovered and commissioned some of the most exciting talent working today including Cressida Cowell, Lauren Child, and Steven Lenton. In 2016, she returned to HarperCollins Children's Book to spearhead its illustrated books publishing, where she has the chance to publish classics as well as contemporary stars. She is also an author in her own right.

Alice Blacker

Publishing Director, Picture Books

She is the Publishing Director for Picture books at HarperCollins Children’s Books. She started her career at Orchard Books, working with the likes of Lauren Child and Giles Andreae – and went on to work at Nosy Crow and Puffin. She now runs the picture book list at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she gets to commission and work with some of the best and most creative authors and illustrators in the business.

Elorine Grant

Deputy Art Director

Elorine has been working in publishing for over 30 years. She is currently Deputy Art Director for HarperCollins Publishers Children's Department. She has the great privilege of working with some of the most talented authors and illustrators in the business: Michael Morpurgo, Judith Kerr, David Walliams, Michael Foreman and Steven Lenton to name a few. She feels passionate about children’s literacy. She has recently become a foster parent. She believes a book is a’pathway’ to the world and beyond so they should reflect a diverse range of people and experiences.