Voices for Nature aims to give as many young people as possible a chance to follow their creative and environmental passions. Here are our team members, both older and younger, who have worked or still work with us:
Sigrid Shreeve, writing under the name of Rosa da Silva, is the author of Jabujicaba and the founding director of Voices for Nature. Her professional background is in environmental policy and communications, change management, journalism and also merchant banking. She studied Modern & Medieval Languages at Cambridge University and is half-German and half-English. She speaks six languages and has lived and worked in many countries, including Brazil and the US.
Sigrid also founded Jabujicaba Ltd with filmmaker Verity White to develop the screenplay based on Jabujicaba the novel.
Verity White is an award-winning film maker and spent 12 years with the BBC Natural History Unit, during which time she worked on numerous stunning productions including the landmark series Africa with Sir David Attenborough.
Clelia Goodchild is a Modern Languages graduate from Oxford University, filmmaker and actress, who has worked with participative theatre in Salvador’s favelas. She spent a year on an Atlantic Rainforest reserve in Brazil’s Northeast, filming on horseback and studied documentary fil-making in Barcelona. You can visit her website The Heart of the Mata.
Yrsa Daley Ward, movie and theatre actress, writer and poet is the ‘face of Carmen’ for our film development work and hopefully will be the lead in Jabujicaba the movie. She is of mixed West Indian and West African heritage and is a poet. Her published work includes Bone and On Snakes and Other Stories.
Here is Yrsa in our crowd-funding video.
Nicole Collet translated Jabujicaba into Portuguese. She is a Brazilian-born writer and translator, with degrees in journalism and cultural management. Find out more about Nicole and her own novel RED on her website.
Henry Rivers is responsible for the original art work of Jabujicaba, both the cover and illustrations. Henry lives in France with Grace (in picture) and has started up his own vintage poster business, whilst continuing his book illustration work. To see more of Henry’s designs visit thatcover.com.
Bethan John is an environmental journalist who has volunteered with conservation projects across Central and South America including the Regua Reserve we support through the World Land Trust. She has her own blog: Wildlands Creative.
Eleanor Warnick is a Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, and has lived and worked in Brazil. She is now a journalist specialising in Latin America.
Other amazing high energy and talented young people who have worked for Voices for Nature include:
Gaby Docherty who helped develop our early film projects (including our World Cup animation) .
Alissa Bray, Oxford science student and Green Rep, Trinity College who worked on the launch of Jabujicaba
Leah Bray (sister of the above), art graduate commissioned to produce wildlife water colours for our outreach work which have been published as cards
Toby Jones geography student at York who researched and developed our crowd-funding strategy (soon to be rolled out for our film development).
Alex Collins, sixth former as our geography researcher and blogger.
Klara Hansen, sixth former as our wildlife researcher and blogger for our website.
And last but not least a non-human team member:
Archie Airedale is our official mascot, who earned this title supporting Oxford United WSL’s in the charity match they played to support the launch of our book during the World Cup 2015. Follow our #ecohound on twitter – @ArchieAiredale