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 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 reading Michele Kirsch’s Clean and listening to Forced Out by Kevin Maxwell.
Jessica Allee, Communications and Administration Assistant, is undergoing a Creative Access Traineeship with RSL. She studied Politics at King’s College, London and is an avid reader and writer. She has previously worked as an MP’s Assistant in Westminster and has also written for several youth magazines. When she is not creating videos for her YouTube channel, she is updating her political blog.
Jessica is currently reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
Rosie Beaumont-Thomas, Events and Outreach Manager joined the RSL after almost three years as Events Manager at Waterstones, and is still producer of Feminist Book Society, which she co-founded in 2018. Her responsibilities include programming the RSL’s ongoing events programme as well as its flagship bicentenary series, Literature Matters: RSL 200. She also coordinates the RSL’s Outreach programme, which reaches young people across the UK.
Rosie is currently reading The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi.
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 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood and listening to The Sandman by Neil Gaiman.
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 Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.
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 Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light.
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 Arts written and illustrated by Hendrick Willem Van Loon and Surge by Jay Bernard.
Bhavit Mehta, Events Producer, 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 Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa.
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 Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler.
Photos of Molly, Annette, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.