Our small team is based in our office at Somerset House, London.
Molly Rosenberg, Director, has worked at the RSL for 10 years and, as Director, oversees the Society’s business and creative strategy. She is thrilled to be working towards the RSL’s 2020 bicentenary with RSL staff and trustees on a number of new programmes, showing how much Literature Matters. Molly has previously worked at the Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre, and as an independent researcher. She holds an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin and is currently completing her PhD at King’s College London, where her doctoral thesis examines the relationship between contemporary Irish poetry, nation, and the poetics of the trace.
Molly is currently listening to Motherwell by Deborah Orr, Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez and Maurice by E.M. Forster.
Jessica Allee, Communications and Administration Assistant, is undergoing a Creative Access Traineeship with RSL. She studied Politics at King’s College, London and is an avid reader and writer. She has previously worked as an MP’s Assistant in Westminster and has also written for several youth magazines. When she is not creating videos for her YouTube channel, she is updating her political blog.
Jessica is currently reading Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.
Rosie Beaumont-Thomas, Events and Outreach Manager joins the RSL after almost three years as Events Manager at Waterstones, working first at Tottenham Court Road and then moving to Waterstones Gower Street, where she developed the renowned literary events programme that had been started by Elizabeth Morris. She also worked on many of Waterstones’ flagship and partnership offsite events, including the launches of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments at Waterstones Piccadilly, and The Secret Commonwealth with Philip Pullman. Prior to Waterstones she worked for four years in cultural PR at Four Colman Getty, where her literary clients included IPAF (International Prize for Arabic Fiction) and the Man Booker Prize.
Rosie is currently reading The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss.
Annette Brook, Communications Manager, joined RSL in 2013 having previously worked for Spread the Word, London’s writer development organisation. Her responsibilities include digital communications, press and publicity. She is a playwright, her play how we love was on at VAULT Festival in February 2020. Annette has BA English, and MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (both Goldsmiths). She is on the advisory Board of Penned in the Margins.
Annette is currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Niki Couldridge FMAAT, Finance Manager, works for Edmund Carr LLP. She is a Full and Fellow Member of the Association of Accountants Technicians and Pitmans/AAT Bookkeeping Qualified. In her spare time Niki is working towards a masters degree in Voluntary Sector Financial Management at Cass Business School, and also volunteers weekly at her local Cats Protection branch where she assists in looking after the cats in their care. She is also learning Spanish via Duolingo.
Niki is currently reading George Orwell’s 1984, Only Child by Rhiannon Navin and Humans by Matt Haig.
Maggie Fergusson, Literary Adviser, has worked for the Royal Society of Literature since 1992, and combines her work here with her own writing. She edits the RSL Review magazine and is the prize winning author of biographies of George Mackay Brown and Michael Morpurgo.
Maggie is currently reading Self Portrait by Celia Paul.
Paula Johnson, Associate Director, Awards joined the RSL in 2004 to run the new RSL Ondaatje Prize and RSL Jerwood Awards. In addition to RSL’s prizes and awards, she looks after nineteen prizes for the Society of Authors, and grants and awards offered by the Authors’ Foundation. She has been a publisher and a journalist and was Literary Editor of the Mail on Sunday for 17 years and is a Trustee of the Royal Literary Fund.
Paula is currently reading Napoleon by Noel Streatfield and Venice: Pure City by Peter Ackroyd .
Bhavit Mehta, Events Producer, has worked as a publisher, translator and literary programmer. He co-founded the South Asian Literature Festival in London and has worked for the British Council and Commonwealth Foundation. He is currently the Events Programmer for London’s Knowledge Quarter, based at the British Library, and is on the board of Directors for Wasafiri Magazine for International Contemporary Writing.
Bhav is currently reading The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
Martha Stenhouse, General Manager, joined the RSL in 2016. She studied French & Philosophy at the University of Leeds and has worked in diverse roles in both the public and private sector. She also gained a degree in Zoo Animal Management from the University of Chester and spent five years working in the zoo industry. Her responsibilities at the RSL include membership, awards and office administration.
Martha is currently reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.