Our small team is based in our office at Somerset House, London.
Molly Rosenberg, Director, has worked at the RSL since 2010, appointed Director in January 2018. She has also worked at the Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House and studied English at King’s College London and University of California, Berkeley. Molly earned a Distinction in the Irish Writing MPhil at Trinity College Dublin and is now studying towards a PhD in contemporary Irish and Northern Irish poetry at King’s College London.
Molly is currently reading Educated by Tara Westover.
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 and was a 2015-16 Jerwood Arvon Mentee. Her play Gala Mae was longlisted for the 2016 Alfred Fagon Award and is showing at Matchstick Piehouse from 12 – 22 March 2019. Annette has BA English, and MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (both Goldsmiths).
Annette is currently reading The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.
Patricia Chidavarume, Marketing and Admin Assistant joined the RSL in 2019. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Brighton and spent a year working as an English Language Teacher in China before transitioning in to the books industry. In her spare time Patricia enjoys traveling, reading and learning foreign languages.
Patricia is currently reading Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.
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.
Niki is currently reading You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld
Leah Cross, Events and Education Manager, joined the RSL in 2018 having previously worked in the literature team at the British Council. Prior to that, she worked at Amnesty International and Visual Editions, where she contributed to a variety of experimental print and digital literature projects. Leah has a BA in English and History of Art from the University of Kent and an MA in English Literature from King’s College, London.
Leah is currently reading Spring by Ali Smith.
Maggie Fergusson, Literary Advisor, 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 Home by Marilynne Robinson.
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 In the City of Love’s Sleep by Lavinia Greenlaw.
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 Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Leah, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.