The Mslexicon weekend will bring together some of the most experienced literary agents, editors, career mentors and writing tutors in the UK, hand-picked for the depth of their knowledge and their commitment to supporting women writers. You’ll be able to dig into their considerable amount of writing knowledge through talks, panels, workshops and individual 1-2-1s – or even in the moments in between. You can find out more about each of our experts below.
|ALISON BOYLE, ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Alison Boyle provides literature advice on behalf of Arts Council England for individuals and organisations in the North West and North East regions of the country, including literary festivals, independent publishers, reading and writing development projects and ‘literature+’ (i.e. multimedia and digital literature projects). Prior to her current role she worked as an editor and publisher of books, magazines and online content; and for five years on international awards for digital technology. Find her on twitter @papercroissant
|JULIE FERGUSSON, LITERARY AGENT
Julie Fergusson began her publishing career in 2012, working as a freelance editor with Avon, Birlinn, Bookouture, Canongate, Polygon and Quercus. She became an agent in 2017 with the new North Literary Agency, which specialises in Northern voices and writers. Julie is building a list of commercial and literary novels and is particularly interested in reading-group fiction, psychological thrillers, women’s fiction, YA, and anything with a speculative or dystopian twist. Find Julie on Twitter at @Julie_Fergusson.
|ROSIE GARLAND, AUTHOR
Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and performer whose work includes the novels The Palace of Curiosities, Vixen and The Night Brother – as well as singing in cult gothic band The March Violets and strutting her stuff as her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. The Times has described her writing as ‘a delight: playful and exuberant… with shades of Angela Carter’. She has won the DaDa Award for Performance Artist of the Year, the Diva Award for Solo Performer, and a Poetry Award from the People’s Café, New York. www.rosiegarland.com
|SARAH SUCH, LITERARY AGENT
Shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2017, 2014 and 2013, Sarah founded the Sarah Such Literary Agency in 2007, a thriving London-based independent representing bestselling literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, YA and children’s. Her previous roles in publishing have included Publicity Director at Penguin Books UK, Senior Editor at Hodder & Stoughton and Editorial Director at Duckworth. She was a judge on Mslexia’s 2017 Women’s Novel Competition. You can follow her on Twitter at @sarahsuch