The Staff Team


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Dean Casswell, Chief Executive

Favourite Bag Book: Kofi and The Magic Shaker

"One of my varied tasks is buying the coconuts that are used in this book. To prolong the shelf life, I drill a couple of holes in each coconut to drain out the milk. They are then 'baked' in the oven at 35 degrees for over two hours followed by a two month stint in the airing cupboard. It certainly gives my towels and shirts a pleasant coconut aroma!"

Contact: dean@bagbooks.org

LinkedIn: Dean's LinkedIn page


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Nina Martinez, Storytelling Manager

Favourite Bag Book: The Haircut

"This is a fantastic story to tell and can be told to the majority of our listeners. The clippers never fail to get a reaction and the bald wig raises a smile with all enjoying the story. There is always a wonderful atmosphere as this story comes to a close."

Contact: nina@bagbooks.org
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Camilla John, Fundraising & Communications Manager

Favourite Bag Book: A Day at the Seaside

"Living on the beautiful Kent coast, I have to say my favourite book is a Day at the Seaside. The various objects really do capture the essence of the seaside and the music never fails to make me smile. Collecting the oyster shells for one of the pages isn't a bad job either!"

Contact: camilla@bagbooks.org


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Marion Mason, Financial Administrator

Favourite Bag Book: The Match

"The Match is such a fun and engaging story with some really vibrant pages. I'm particularly fond of the knitted jumper page as I knit these in my free time. In fact, this book is a bit of a family affair, as my daughter volunteered for a while making the goal page too."

Contact: accounts@bagbooks.org


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Kate Blake, Storytelling Co-ordinator

Favourite Bag Book: Desmond

"Desmond was the first ever story produced by Bag Books. Since 1993, we have made 1,200 copies and it's still a popular one."

Contact: kate@bagbooks.org


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Sophie Baker, Workshop Manager

Favourite Bag Book: The Fairground

"I love The Fairground as it was the first story I wrote for Bag Books. It has lots of fun pages and plenty of props for people to hold and interact with. As an artist, I find it aesthetically pleasing and I particularly enjoy making the ghost train doors. And who doesn't enjoy a trip to a fun fair?!"

Contact: sophie@bagbooks.org


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Christie Monahan Volunteer Co-ordinator

Favourite Bag Book: A Pirate Adventure

"It's a colourful story and I love the Treasure Chest. It was also the newest story when I joined Bag Books so as the most recent person in the team I could get more involved in its production."

Contact: christie@bagbooks.org


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Magdalene Tsirkas, Senior Craft Artist

Favourite Bag Book: The Little Seed

"I love The Little Seed as it is an adventure about growth and very simple, yet effective. As the author, I thoroughly enjoyed writing and creating this book and it remains one of my favourite titles to produce."


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Patricia Antunes, Production Assistant

Favourite Bag Book: The Little Princess

"This is one of my favourite books to make. It features the challenging cotton wool flower page and no matter how many people try to make this page, I seem to be the only one who can do it!"


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Caroline Sicobo, Craft Artist

Favourite Bag Book: What Am I?

"This is a great story. The pages have been cleverly designed to represent each animal through the simple but inventive use of everyday items."