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

Molly Rosenberg, Director, has worked at the RSL since 2010, appointed Director in January 2018. She has also worked at the Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House and studied English at King’s College London and University of California, Berkeley. Molly earned a Distinction in the Irish Writing MPhil at Trinity College Dublin and is now studying towards a PhD in contemporary Irish and Northern Irish poetry at King’s College London.

Molly is currently reading Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk and Maddness by Sam Sax.

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 Gala Mae was longlisted for the 2016 Alfred Fagon Award. Annette has BA English, and MA Arts Administration and Cultural Policy (both Goldsmiths).

Annette is currently reading The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan and Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds.

Waseem Choudhary, Finance Officer, is a Senior Accountant working for SJ Accounts Solutions Limited. A finalist of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, he has over 9 years accountancy experience working in both practice and industry with multitude of different businesses and organisations on all aspects of finance. Waseem has two young boys, who keep him busy all the time, and whenever he has a moment to spare he enjoys relaxing with friends on a night out.

Waseem, and his boys, are currently reading The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

Leah Cross, Events and Education Manager, joined the RSL in 2018 having previously worked in the literature team at the British Council. Prior to that, she worked at Amnesty International and Visual Editions, where she contributed to a variety of experimental print and digital literature projects. Leah has a BA in English and History of Art from the University of Kent and an MA in English Literature from King’s College, London.

Leah is currently reading Mothers by Chris Power.

RSL Jerwood Prize 2013

Maggie Fergusson, Literary Advisor, has worked for the Royal Society of Literature since 1992, and combines her work here with her own writing. She programmes the RSL’s events and edits the RSL Review magazine. She is the prize winning author of biographies of George Mackay Brown and Michael Morpurgo.

Maggie is currently reading Home by Marilynne Robinson.


Paula Hagan, Marketing and Office Assistant (Creative Access Intern) joined the RSL in May 2018. She studied Politics, French and Spanish at Aston University, and has worked extensively in the creative sector. In her spare time she volunteers for other charities, including #BakeForSyria and Black Cultural Archives.

Paula is currently reading Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin.

Paula---Jerwood-2012_forwebPaula Johnson
, Associate Director, Awards
 joined the RSL in 2004 to run the new RSL Ondaatje 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 Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds and Normal People by Sally Rooney.

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 Ali Smith’s Winter and Circe by Madeline Miller.

Photos Molly, Annette, Leah, Martha and Maggie by Adrian Pope.  Photo of Paula Hagan by Martha Stenhouse.