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 working towards the RSL’s 2020 bicentenary with RSL staff and trustees 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 listening to Elton John’s memoir Me and reading Ali Smith’s Spring.
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 how we love will be on at VAULT Festival from 18-23 February 2020 – book now! Annette has BA English, and MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (both Goldsmiths).
Annette is currently reading Holding by Graham Norton and These Wonderful Rumours: A Young Schoolteacher’s Wartime Diaries 1939-1945 by May Smith.
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
Women Writing Zimbabwe ed. Irene Staunton and In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum.
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 George Orwell’s 1984 and Notes on a Nervous Planet 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 East West Street by Philippe Sands.
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 Fortnight in September by R C Sherriff, One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes and The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan.
Bhavit Mehta, Freelance Events Manager, has worked as a publisher, translator and literary programmer. He co-founded the South Asian Literature Festival in London and has worked for the British Council and Commonwealth Foundation. He is currently the Events Programmer for London’s Knowledge Quarter, based at the British Library, and is on the board of Directors for Wasafiri Magazine for International Contemporary Writing.
Bhav is currently reading The Sympathiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
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 Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.