Saul was an English teacher in such far-flung places as China, Tanzania, Japan, Kenya and The Wirral before joining Pop Up in 2015. He has a degree in social anthropology and an MA in education. He is passionate about learning, reads copiously, and knows an unexpected amount about monkeys.
Saul believes all children deserve the right to high-quality creative learning opportunities as a core part of their education.
Bhavit has previously worked as a children’s publisher, translator, festival director and literature programmer on international projects. Between 2010 and 2014 Bhavit co-directed the South Asian Literature Festival in London while also working closely with the International Board on Books for Young People, English PEN, and the British Centre for Literary Translation. In recent years Bhavit has worked with UK and international writers while working for the British Council and the Commonwealth Foundation.
Bhavit loves children’s books, stories and illustrations from around the world and the role they play in improving literacy, understanding other cultures and feeding the imagination.
“Let noble thoughts come from all directions” (old Indian proverb). @bhavitmehta
Geoff works for Pop Up as the Education and Marketing Administrator. Before Pop Up, Geoff was a Production Controller in children’s books publishers, including Random House, Hachette & Macmillan, as well as worked within Arts Council England. He writes and produces his own short films, podcasts and articles and also devised, produced and presented live programmes for East London Radio.
Ellie has four years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector working on major partnerships. Ellie joined Pop Up in January 2017 as Development Manager to look at diversifying income streams, raising Pop Up’s profile and securing vital partnerships to sustain Pop Up’s national and international literature projects.
Fran studied in Germany and Canada, graduating with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Cultural Studies. Before joining Pop Up in 2012 Fran worked at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin.
Fran is passionate about stories of all shapes and forms and wants to help ensure that young people have access to stories that reflect the diversity of their experiences in the 21st century.