Irene is a literary agent at Georgina Capel Associates. Her list includes Fitzcarraldo Prize and Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize shortlisted authors, as well as winners of the Saltire Poetry Book Award and Fitzcarraldo Essay Prize. She previously worked at Faber & Faber and Gregory & Company Authors’ Agents. Irene has an MA in Modern Literature from the University of Siena in Italy and an MA in Publishing Studies from City University, London.
Tom has been a bookseller and bookshop manager for the last twelve years, and is currently the manager of Foyles in Bristol. He first started working in the cookery section of the Waterstones in Wimbledon Bridge, and will likely still attempt to tell you about the qualities of Lebanese cuisine if given the chance. Between 2008 and 2013, Tom co-edited Rattle: A Journal at the Convergence of Art and Writing. Short stories and novellas have always represented a significant portion of Tom’s reading habits, and in general he would prefer reading lots of little books to fewer big ones.
Mahsuda is a writer of novels and short stories. Her debut novel, The Things We Thought We Knew, was released in 2017 when she was named an ‘Observer New Face of Fiction’. It was also selected for World Book Night in 2019. Her second novel, How to Find Home, was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime. In 2014 she won the SI Leeds Literary Prize and the Bristol Short Story Prize. She has led numerous creative writing workshops, is a commissioned writer for the Colonial Countryside project and her story, The Panther’s Tale, is included in the recently published collection, Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold. Mahsuda has also released a series of short, You Tube writing workshops.
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