Sunday, 6 February 2011

London-Irish Literary Agents

There was in interesting feature by Catherine Heaney in The Gloss (The Irish Times magazine) last week. Mostly it was nothing we hadn't heard before.

mentions of the Irish agents Faith O’Grady, Marianne Gunn O’Connor and the usually gloomy Jonathan Williams who last year received over 2,800 submissions.
'the standard hasn’t necessarily improved. I think the sad fact is that there are more people writing than reading.’

which I doubt.

But it also mentioned some London Based Irish agents:
  • Peter Straus at Rogers, Caleridge & White (Colm Toibin, Pual Durcan and Hugo Hamilton as well as up and coming writer Belinda McKeon who has her debut out this year)
  • Ivan Mulcahy at Mulcahy Conway Associates (Hugo Arnold and Domini Kemp), 
  • Ed Victor (Edna O’Brien, John Banville and U2) 
  • Derek Johns at AP Watt (Sebastian Barry, Dermot Bolger, Nick Laird and Paul Murray)
Sarah Webb has also written a blog post on why she chose a London based agent, Philippa Milnes-Smith and Peta Nightingale at Lucas Alexander Whitley.

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