Meet the Armadillo Team


Louise Ellis-Barrett


Louise works full time as a Librarian at the British Museum.


She balances this with her PhD research (Egyptology) and of course a book lover extraordinaire. Her nose is always in a book.

As Editor-in-Chief Louise has responsibility for selecting and guiding the content of the Magazine and its varied associated offshoots!

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Jess Zahra

Blog Editor

Jess Zahra is an English Literature student, based in Hampshire, UK.


A self-confessed dedicated Brontë and Carter fanatic Jess is also a lover of big, dark sweeping tales!

Jess' role is to edit and share our weekly blogs, creating a lively conversation about books.

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Simon Barrett

Web Editor

Simon Barrett, is a Secondary School Teacher of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics.


Simon is very serious about his reading (often to be found stealing books from Louise), accompanying this with plentiful tea and cake.

Simon is responsible for making sure the website is updated and ready for each new edition.

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Sarah Lovell

Illustrations Editor


UK- based illustrator Sarah has loved drawing for as long as she can remember, studying art to degree level. Inspirations include nature, wildlife and magic, and her children. She runs 'Sarah Lovell Art' designing cards, prints and colouring books.

Sarah is responsible for the vibrant new images in the magazine.