Marlin works as an Insights Analyst, delivering business recommendations to support commercial and growth strategies with experience in both the Private and Public Sector. She’s an avid reader and – as Board Secretary – loves to support Pop Up’s agenda of promoting diversity across children’s literature as she feels strongly that children should have access to authors from a broad variety of different backgrounds.
Seán’s background is in the arts, education and events producing. He’s a programmer with the BFI London Film Festival, and programmes and producers GAZE: Dublin International LGBT Film Festival, and Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest. He’s pleased to be working with Pop Up – a truly collaborative and people-driven organisation, where the goal is to inspire a love of learning, open minds and bring people together through a shared love of reading.
Charlotte Eyre is the children’s editor of The Bookseller magazine, where she writes news and features about the children’s publishing industry. She programmes the annual The Bookseller Children’s Conference and launched The YA Book Prize in 2014, and is a regular guest on radio programmes such as Open Book on BBC Radio 4.
Pooja Ghai is an award-winning theatre practitioner with over twenty years of experience. She started out as an actor but has been working as a Director for many years, including at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Shakespeare’s Globe, Kiln Theatre, Tamasha, Soho Theatre, Kali Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange. From 2015 to 2018 she was the Associate Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Pooja champions the female voice, the migrant’s story, the refugee’s story, the colonial and post-colonial histories that we all share. She is also passionate about new writing and the stories that contemporary playwrights tell to reflect our times. She has been a judge on playwrighting awards and is versed in nurturing young writers through a process of constructive criticism and collaboration. In addition to her experience of talent development, she brings invaluable experience of creative production, commissioning, programming, artistic budget management and stakeholder engagement to Pop Up’s Board. She is also a trustee for Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF).
Sunny Singh is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, Nani’s Book of Suicides, published in 2000, was described as a “first novel of rare scope and power”. The Spanish translation of the novel won the inaugural Mar de Letras Prize in 2003. Her second book, a work of nonfiction titled Single in the City: The Independent Woman’s Handbook, was a first-of- its-kind exploration of single women in contemporary India and was described as “witty and insightful”. Her most recent novel Hotel Arcadia (Quartet Books, 2015) has received rave reviews. The Independent described the novel as “powerful and absorbing”. Her groundbreaking study of Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan is forthcoming with BFI/Palgrave. Her short stories have been published by prestigious international literary journals including The Drawbridge, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and World Literature Today. Her creative nonfiction has been published across the world in key journals and anthologies. She also writes for newspapers and magazines, in Spanish and English, across the globe. Sunny also comments on aspects of politics and culture on radio and television, and has appeared on BBC World, BBC News, Radio Four, ITV News and Sky News.