Pop Up Projects is a community interest company, and our mission is to engage children and families, schools and communities through books, stories, and the people who make them. We are passionate about ensuring children from all walks of life access the magic of children’s books, and about giving children and families the tools to make their own stories. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we reinvest any money we make back into our projects.
On 25 January 2016 we have celebrated our 5th birthday!
If you think you have something to offer our organisation – by making a donation or as a freelancer, artist or volunteer – or you are interested in applying to our board or becoming a patron, find out more.
Angel has ten years’ experience in arts fundraising, beginning at the Poetry Society through to her current role at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. She also writes poetry reviews for the Times Literary Supplement.Angel Dahouk
Development Manager, ICA
Prior to joining the board of Pop Up, Alex was a school governor on the board of Malmesbury Primary School in Tower HamletsAlexandra Beidas
Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP
Managing Director, European Head of Index Development, Global Markets Research, Deutsche BankDaniel Arnold
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
International Rights Manager, AUC Press
Doug is currently in Cairo, establishing a new literary festival and working with Arabic Literature in translation. He has worked in publishing for many years, including a stint at the British Council as a Literature Adviser.Doug Wallace
Chairman of the Board
Founder and Director of Pop Up Projects CICDylan Calder
Director, Pop Up Projects CIC
Kathy is also a lecturer at Goldsmiths University. She previously worked for Wandsworth Children’s Services as Head of the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service.Kathy MacLean
Freelance Education Consultant
Sarwat writes fantasy books for children & young people and is fascinated by myths and legends from all over the world. He is best known for his Ash Mistry series.Sarwat Chadda
Dylan has worked with 100’s of schools, arts and cultural organisations developing projects that get kids reading, writing and making stories. For two years he managed the StarLit festival in Hoxton Square, before founding Pop Up Projects in 2010.Dylan Calder
Fran has an MA in Cultural Studies from Freiburg University, Germany, and Trent University, Canada. Before joining Pop Up she worked as a Youth Mobility Program Assistant at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. She started at Pop Up as Admin Coordinator in 2012.Franziska Liebig
Saul was an English teacher in such far-flung places as China, Tanzania, Japan, Kenya and The Wirral before joining Pop Up. He has a degree in social anthropology and is doing a part-time MA in education. He is passionate about learning, reads copiously, and knows an unexpected amount about monkeys.Saul Argent
Geoff was a Production Controller in children’s books publishers, incl. 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.Geoff Westby
Andre-Omari JohnAndre-Omari John
Jessica is a freelance production manager who works passionately on arts festivals, children’s literacy events and live music shows.Jessica Hudsley
Pop Up Festival Production Manager