Publisher, Transworld

Kirsty DunseathPublishing Director Biography Kirsty Dunseath began her career at Jonathan Cape and then The Women’s Press in the 1990s. She went on to join Orion in 2002, where she remained for 16 years, publishing bestselling authors including, most notably, Gillian Flynn, whose book Gone Girl has now sold 4.3 million copies. Her other publishing…

Novelist and Broadcaster

Marcel TherouxAuthor Biography Marcel Raymond Theroux (born 13 June 1968) is an English novelist and broadcaster. He wrote The Stranger in The Earth and The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paper Chase, for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2002. His third novel, A Blow to the Heart, was published by Faber in 2006. His fourth, Far North, was published in June 2009. His…

Iain MaloneyAuthor Biography Iain Maloney is the author of three novels – The Waves Burn Bright (Freight, 2016), Silma Hill (Freight, 2015) and First Time Solo (Freight, 2014) – and editor of In The Empty Places (2014), a collection of short stories and art. His first collection of poetry, Fractures, was published in 2016 by Tapsalteerie. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize…

Award winning author and professor

Tessa Hadley Biography Tessa Hadley lives in Cardiff and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, her special interests including Jane Austen, Henry James, Jean Rhys and Elizabeth Bowen. She reviews regularly for the London Review of Books. She wrote a study of Henry James in 2002 – Henry James and the Imagination of Pleasure – and…

Freelance Writer

Frances MerivaleFreelance Writer Biography Frances Merivale is a freelance writer and editor with a background in writing reports for UN agencies. Her tastes in fiction are broadly literary and she has a particular interest in character-driven novels. Frances has a flare for language and loves succinct prose and unexpected observations. She loves a good story and has a strong…

Sara Sarre

Head Editor

Sara SarreHead Editor & Founder of BPA Biography Sara discovered a talent for editing following her involvement in a number of writers’ workshops. After being asked to read more and more novels she was eventually offered a fee and in 2015 founded bluepencilagency. Prior to this she worked as an Interiors journalist for magazines and…

Partner | Consultant

Emma HaynesPosition: Content Manager Mail: emma@bluepencilagency.com Biography Emma is responsible for BPA’s bespoke programme of literary events and retreats as well as managing the First Novel Award and submissions to literary agents. With a background in communications and special events she has an eye for detail and a desire to give writers the best possible…

Oliver James

Editor

Oliver JamesPosition: Editor Mail: oliver@bluepencilagency.com Biography Oliver works in publishing as a reader for various literary agents and as a private tutor with an extensive client base. He is an accomplished editor and well regarded mentor. He also writes music and plays in a band. Oliver holds a BA in English from UCL and an…

Tess O'Hara
Tess O’Hara

Content Manager

Tess O’HaraPosition: Editor Mail: tess@bluepencilagency.com Biography Tess runs Blue Pencil’s social media channels and blog. She completed a Masters in Prose Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where she found a love for workshopping fiction and decided to pursue a career working with words. Tess was runner-up for the 2018 Brighton Prize for short…

Katya Balen (Author) - The Space We're In Hardcover – Blue Pencil Agency - BPA Agency

Katya is the author of The Space We’re In (Bloomsbury 2019) and October, October (Bloomsbury 2020). She is also co-director of Mainspring Arts, a charity that supports and mentors neurodivergent people in creative projects. She lives in London with her partner and their lazy lurcher, Raffia. She also reads for a literary scout.