Take Flight Hub | Meet the Agents


Meet literary agents Davinia Andrew-Lynch (Andlyn Literary Agency), Elise Dillsworth (Elise Dillsworth Agency) and Emma Paterson (Aitken Alexander Associates). Learn how they represent writers of colour as well as the nuts and bolts of being an agent, from discoverability to negotiating contracts to getting the best deal for writers amid a publishing industry that needs to be more inclusive.

Take Flight Hub is a new professional and creative development programme for emerging Black and Asian writers. It is a collaboration between University College London (UCL), Spread the Word and Words of Colour. Some of the country’s leading novelists, poets, playwrights, literary agents and publishers of colour will be sharing their expertise in a series of free talks, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and presentations over five weeks, made possible by a grant from the UCL Knowledge and Innovation Rapid Response fund.

The Take Flight Hub was inspired by BookTrust Represents research conducted by Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Associate Professor in Publishing and Book Cultures at UCL, which found that emerging writers of colour needed support, advice and access as part of an industry focused network to help sustain their careers.

Chaired by Dr Melanie Ramdarshan Bold.