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The Podcast Team

Meet the wonderful people behind the LoveReading Podcast, a monthly mix of book-related conversation hosted by author and editor Elena Lappin. It contains interviews with writers, publishing professionals, journalists, readers, book sellers, and book reviewers, discussing books and other themes related to literature of various genres, and the arts.

Elena Lappin

Elena Lappin is a writer, editor and presenter. She is the author of Foreign Brides, a collection of stories, The Nose, a novel, and What Language Do I Dream In? A memoir. She has contributed investigative journalism, features, essays, reviews and author profiles to Granta, Prospect, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Independent, and New York Times Book Review. She is former founding editor of ONE, an imprint of Pushkin Press where she published exceptional debut novelists including Olivia Sudjic, Rachel Elliott and Man Booker shortlisted Chigozie Obioma. Podcasting about books is her private passion which has now become public.

Alex Rayment

Alex Rayment is a sound designer and audio engineer who has a background in several fields of scientific research. He has created audio pieces and sound installations for In The Dark Radio, Julie’s Bicycle, Turf Projects and Twin Magazine. He aims to use sound to present compelling stories, ideas and dialogues which promote curiosity and hope in a world that’s hungry for change. Find out more about Alex at

Katherine Stroud

Katherine Stroud, PR Collective Founder, is an independent Public Relations Consultant who specialises in the fields of Literature, Culture and Campaigning. She has worked in PR for over 18 years beginning in the PR department of Random House before joining Penguin six years later. Katherine worked with many prestigious authors on the Random House, Vintage division lists including Henning Mankell, Ian McEwan, Martin Amis and Anne Tyler. At Penguin, Katherine worked on the Fig Tree, Viking and Hamish Hamilton imprints for authors such as Jonathan Coe, Marina Lewycka,  India Knight, Kim Edwards, Penelope Lively, Anita Brookner, James Kelman, Naomi Alderman, Kathryn Stockett and Sarah Blake.  Clients as a freelance publicist have included Penguin, PRH Audio, Quercus, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, Arcadia, The Alliance, Short Books and ONE – Pushkin Press working with authors such as Colm Tóibín, William Nicholson, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Michael Arditti, Alexandra Shulman, Salley Vickers, Professor Ed Bullmore, Tom Whipple, Dr Michael Mosley, Chigozie Obioma, Frances Welch and Andrea Hoffmann.