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Staff & Committee

The Honno Staff


Helena Earnshaw, Marketing Manager

Helena has been passionate about books all of her life and has worked variously as an online editor for a human rights organisation, on a database of library design, as well as co-editing Here We Stand:women changing the world for Honno. She is a semi-vegan, feminist, gardener. Loves to walk the hills, especially with her family. Her favourite book is usually the current one… First book love was Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Trilogy, and she still reads a lot of female SF writers.





Caroline Oakley, Editor and Publisher

Caroline has worked in general trade publishing for over thirty years and has edited a number of award winning and bestselling authors. When not working she likes to walk in the woods, make her own clothes, grown her own food and clear up after her housemates (all seven of whom have four legs). If pushed she will say that her favourite non-Honno book is Angela Carter’s The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (or maybe Stig of the Dump or The Just So Stories or Black & Blue or The Ballad of Lee Cotton etc, etc).




The Honno Committee

Honno is managed by an enthusiastic committee of volunteer women from Wales, who meet regularly to support the staff, discuss the books, manage the finances and determine the strategic direction of Honno. They have a wide mix of different work experiences and are from all over Wales. Our only rules for committee members are that they must be Welsh women and Honno shareholders – and Honno cannot publish books by committee members.

Currently the Honno Committee Members are:

Jane Aaron: Emeritus Professor of Literature at the University of South Wales,  is the editor of the Honno Classics English-language series (known as the Welsh Women’s Classics). Born in Aberystwyth, she has now returned to the town and taken up her old place on the Honno Committee once again. Her publications include Pur fel y Dur: Y Gymraes yn Llên Menywod y Bedwaredd Ganrif ar Bymtheg (1998), which won the Ellis Griffith prize in 1999, and Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing in Wales (2007), winner of the Roland Mathias Award in 2009. She also co-edited the essay collections Our Sisters’ Land: The Changing Identities of Women in Wales (1994), Postcolonial Wales (2005) and Gendering Border Studies (2010).

Lindsay Ashford is a writer whose first series of novels was published by Honno. Raised in Wolverhampton, Lindsay Ashford became the first woman to graduate from Queens’ College, Cambridge in its 550 year history. Her debut novel, Frozen, was published by Honno in 2003, the first of a series of novels featuring forensic psychologist Megan Rhys. The second in the series, Strange Blood, was short-listed for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Her first historical novel, The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen was published in 2011. and was  broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour”. Her most recent historical novels have been published by Amazon’s Lake Union imprint. They have sold over half a million copies to date and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Lindsay Ashford lives on the Welsh coast near Aberystwyth.

Eurwen Booth found Honno its present home in Ceredigion and successfully applied for funding for office space and computer equipment – also housing a whole stock of books at home during the process! She was the assistant to Honno’s first funded editor, Elin ap Hywel. She assists with Honno’s proofreading, translation and the Clasuron Honno.

Cathryn Charnell-White: For Cathryn Charnell-White an eighteenth-century specialist and editor of an anthology of Early Modern Welsh women’s poetry (Beirdd Ceridwen), her involvement with the Honno committee is an extension of her interest in Welsh literature and women’s studies. Cathryn is Head of the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies at Aberystwyth University.

Tamsin Davies: Interest in literature and writing, especially in Welsh, has led Tamsin to the Honno committee.  Through her  work in Welsh medium higher Education, she has experience of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol funded projects to develop more reading resources for higher education students who are studying through the medium of Welsh.  She lives in Machynlleth.

Winifred Davies is Emeritus Professor of German at Aberystwyth University and was Head of the Department of Modern Languages when she retired. She has published widely on linguistic topics (including gender and language) and has extensive experience of editing and administration.

Nicky Herriot has found her dream volunteering role, reading stories for Honno. With an MA in Creative Writing from Trinity College Carmarthen and a published writer of short stories herself she assists with Honno’s selection process and proofreading. As a professional Volunteer Coordinator Nicky also helps the team work with student volunteers. Addicted to books, she is delighted to have become involved with Honno.

Carol Jenkins: worked in education for many years – as a teacher and in educational publishing, amongst other things. As an avid reader of novels, she is very pleased to have become involved with Honno.

Rosanne Reeves: Rosanne was brought up in Ceredigion and now lives in Dinas Powys. She is a founder member of Honno, and her main interest is Welsh writing by women in the late 19th and early 20th century. Her title Dwy Gymraes, Dwy Gymru: Bywyd a Gwaith Gwyneth Vaughan a Sara Maria Saunders, (UWP) was published in 2014. She is currently joint editor of Honno’s Welsh language Classics series.

Gwyneth Tyson Roberts: After working in Baghdad, Lisbon and London, Gwyneth Tyson Roberts moved to Aberystwyth in 1994. She has edited a Honno anthology and contributed to several Honno collections of short stories, and has a particular interest in women’s writing in 19th-century Wales.

Janet Thomas: Janet is Editor for Firefly Press, a children’s book publisher she set up with Penny Thomas in 2013. She lives in Aberystwyth. She was Honno Editor for two years, and edited several Honno anthologies, before joining the committee.

Stephanie Tillotson: Stephanie has been involved with Honno in several capacities since 2004 when she first joined the committee.  She has worked with Helena on marketing and has edited three anthologies of short stories: The Wish Dog; All Shall Be Well; Cut on the Bias.  Stephanie is currently a doctoral student in the English Department at the University of Warwick.


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