People

Key Personnel

Angie Prysor-Jones
Director

Angie has a background in publishing (ELT and then art books) and after moving to Oxford co-founded and directed the Oxford Literary Festival for 11 years. In 2010 she founded Bookfeast which reflects her belief that we will be a poorer society if the habit of reading for pleasure dwindles – books are the key to both understanding the world broadening our views of it, engaging with it or escaping from it, whether it be as children or adults.

Angie oversees Bookfeast’s projects, fund raises and looks for new opportunities for Bookfeast to develop this habit, introduce readers to writers and inspire young children to explore the literary heritage of Oxford.

Celia MacLachlan
Manager – Festival & Events for Schools
Lunchboox Project Manager

Celia has a background in children’s books, working at Book Trust and the Children’s Book Foundation and then as Children’s Press and PR Manager at Transworld Publishers. After spending time bringing up her three sons she returned to hometown Oxford taking up a freelance role assisting Angie Prysor-Jones on the children’s and schools programme for Oxford Literary Festival.  When Angie launched Bookfeast, Celia joined her to develop the annual Schools Festival and other primary school reading projects including Lunchboox, which grew the book club she started at her sons’ primary school in West Oxfordshire.

Celia now masterminds the annual Bookfeast Schools Festival each May for Oxfordshire primary schools, bringing top authors, illustrators and poets to Oxford city venues for an inspiring and action-packed few days of talks and workshops. She also organises the Lunchboox project, a scheme of reading clubs in primary schools. This is a busy and varied role involving recruiting, training and managing volunteer Club Leaders, liaising with Lunchboox schools and with children’s publishers to keep up to speed with the very latest books for children in Years 4, 5 and 6.

Amanda Ferguson
TeaBooks Manager

Amanda worked for many years in PR and then as a freelance copywriter. She joined Bookfeast as a Lunchboox volunteer in 2011 and became the TeaBooks co-ordinator in 2013. She loves the fact that the job combines working alongside a great team of volunteers, talking about books and meeting new people. She continues to volunteer for Lunchboox.

Amanda is responsible for the day-to-day running of the TeaBooks project., recruiting, training and supporting volunteer group leaders, liaising with a wide variety of different venues where the groups are (or could be) held, organising publicity and one-off projects as well as keeping everyone up-to-date with suggested good reads and other ideas. She works closely with Oxfordshire Library Service which supports the TeaBooks project with a special borrowing service and endless patience!

Trustees

Mari Prichard (Chair)

Mari started her career working for the BBC, including Radio 4, schools television and Radio Oxford, where teaching liberal studies to FE students on afternoons off led to a career in adult education. She then taught adult literacy, numeracy and work skills, trained volunteer tutors and developed writing and publishing projects; then worked with primary schools, under fives and family centres. Mar was Head of Adult and Community Learning for Oxfordshire until 2005. Together with her husband, biographer and children’s author Humphrey Carpenter, she compiled the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, recently republished, revised and updated by Daniel Hahn.

Danielle Battigelli

Danielle practised as a solicitor for 15 years, specialising in charity law and intellectual property. Since 2005 she has worked in a freelance capacity in the arts and charity sectors, advising, researching, fundraising, developing and managing projects. As Education and Community Coordinator for the Jacqueline de Pre Music Building at St Hilda’s College, she leads concerts for schools and Moving Music concerts for people living with dementia and their carers. Danielle is also a trustee of Pegasus Theatre.

John Dennis

John is a Qualified Accountant and Executive Coach.  He has spent most of his working life in publishing, with Oxford University Press, then trained as a coach, working with individual and corporate clients to help them achieve their business and personal objectives.  He also volunteers for ‘Restore’, a mental health charity based in Oxford, which helps those who have suffered mental illness back into work.

Amy Marshall

After a first degree in Literature, Amy studied International Business and Technology and has subsequently spent most of her working life in a variety technology businesses and consultancies. She is currently a Business Development Director at KPMG UK. Amy is also Director and Founder of a social enterprise based in Madrid called “Como Ser” Como Ser runs workshops and classes intended to provide space for groups to explore some of the most universal questions in life using philosophy, psychotherapy, arts and culture as a basis.

Sue Matthew

Sue has taught children and young people in Indiana, East Africa and Oxford, where she was a primary head teacher for many years.  She is also a Co-opted Member of Oxfordshire County Council’s Education Scrutiny Committee and on the Council of Friends of the Ashmolean Museum Sue’s love of reading and books have been central to her teaching and learning and she champions Early Years as the crucial stage of embedding the love and delight in books.  She is currently also volunteering as Club Leader for the Lunchboox Club at SS Mary and John School.

Peter Mothersole

Peter taught ecomomics before working for the Publishers Association and then Oxford University Press where he was managing Director of the Press’s overseas companies, as well as the Education and English Language Teaching Divisions he has been with Bookfeast since its inception, and has a lifelong interest in books for children and children’s literacy.