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 celebrating the RSL’s 2020 bicentenary – with RSL staff, trustees and Fellows – 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 has studied at King’s College London, University of California Berkeley, and Trinity College Dublin.
Molly is currently reading Kleptopia by Tom Burgis.
Chris Mill, Communications Manager, joined the RSL in August 2021 following 6 years in various communications and PR roles in Brussels, Belgium, mainly within the cultural and creative sectors and as part of large agencies. These include time spent as an Editor for Weber Shandwick, Policy and Communications Manager for the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) and as assistant to the General Manager of Europa Distribution.
Chris is currently reading The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed.
Lily Blacksell, Public Events and Partnerships Manager, joined the RSL in April 2022 and also works as a Literature Programmer at Southbank Centre. Alongside these roles, Lily is a poet. She teaches for the Poetry School and runs a poetry and music night called Canon Fodder. Lily is a trustee for Quay Arts on the Isle of Wight.
Lily is currently reading The Voice in My Ear by Frances Leviston and Amnion by Stephanie Sy-Quia.
Amanda Demwell, Engagement and Participation Manager, joined the RSL in April 2022. She has worked in the cultural sector for the past 14 years, managing events and learning programmes for the Museum of London Docklands and Historic Royal Palaces. A former teacher, she is passionate about the power of reading to transform lives.
Amanda is currently reading Actress by Anne Enright. and The Last Bear by Hannah Gold.
Martha Stenhouse, Head of Operations, 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 including a five-year stint working with animals. She is a member of too many book clubs, her favourite being focused on post-apocalyptic works. Her responsibilities at the RSL include looking after Membership and Fellows, as well as awards, finance, governance and office administration.
Martha is currently reading A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell.
Keira Brown, Programmes Assistant, has an in depth understanding of the commercial side within the book trade and the long-term impact of book events. She has a local knowledge of the writing and spoken word scene in Scotland and experience developing and spearheading the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Booktrust, the Paisley Book Festival and events with Publishing Scotland. As well as the work she does for the literature sector she is also a contributor for SNACK magazine and Board Trustee for Scottish PEN.
Keira is currently reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit.
Niki Couldridge (FMAAT), Finance Manager, has worked in accounting practices in many different job roles since 2005 and has been a Xero certified advisor since 2013.She founded 3 Little Birds Finance Management in 2019, shortly after completing her post graduate degree in Charity Accounting and Management at Cass Business School. Over the years she has worked with a variety of businesses and charities and gained a wealth of knowledge, not just in accountancy, but in business management.
Niki is currently reading The Midnight Library 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 The Slowworm’s Song by Andrew Miller.
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 The Bookseller’s Tale by Martin Latham and The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.