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 Milk Fed by Melissa Broder and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.
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 Act Your Age, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert and Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers.
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 having co-produced Paisley Book Festival two years running. As well as the work she does for the literature sector she is also Editor of cultural review site, The Fountain and Board Trustee for Scottish PEN.
Keira is currently reading Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell and Mira Sethi’s Are You Enjoying?
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 Devil You Know by Gwen Adshead.
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 You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You are Raoul Moat] by Andrew Hankinson and The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed.
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 How the One-armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.