Staff

Our small team is based in our office at Somerset House, London.

Office Team

Molly Rosenberg, Director, has worked at the RSL for 10 years and, as Director since the end of 2017, oversees the Society’s business and creative strategy. She is celebrating the RSL’s bicentenary festival RSL 200 – with readers and writers across the UK and beyond – through a number of new programmes, showing that literature is for everyone. 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 Sterling Karat Gold by Isabel Waidner, and listening to Ian Wright’s memoir A Life In Football.


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.


Amy Evans, Marketing and Administration Assistant, is an English Language and Literature student at Oxford University. She has previously taken part in the Young Producers programme at Theatre Peckham and is a volunteer for Lewisham’s year as the London Borough of Culture. She is a fan of all things science fiction and fantasy and anything Jane Austen related.

Amy is currently reading Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett.


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.


Freelance Staff

Keira Brown

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 work on the RSL’s prizes, she curates the annual Clapham Book Festival. She has been a publishing editor and a journalist and was Literary Editor of the Mail on Sunday for 17 years and is a former 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.