Our small team is usually based in our office at Somerset House, London. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are all currently working remotely.
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 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 rereading CN Lester’s Trans Like Me.
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 Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
Zoe Byatt, Freelance Programmes Assistant, joined the RSL in April 2021. She has previously worked for audiobook charity Listening Books and currently works part time in a tiny village library in West Sussex. Zoe freelances for Loftus Media and the BBC as a Digital Producer working on various programmes. She co-runs WordPlay with her husband delivering audio arts workshops and events for children and young people, from podcast training to designing and building emoji confessional booths. She also set up and runs Type One Writers, a pen pal club for people living with Type 1 Diabetes.
Zoe is currently reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.
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 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 JACK by Marilynne Robinson.
Beth Gallimore, Events and Outreach Manager, joined the RSL in 2020. She has previously worked as an events producer for institutions including Southbank Centre, London Jazz Festival and Sage Gateshead. In her most recent role, Beth was the Artistic Director of FANE’s literary festival Words Weekend.
Beth is currently reading Milk Fed by Melissa Broder and Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf.
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 Two Way Mirror: The Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Fiona Sampson.
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 A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.