Cassian Hall - Agent
Agent, producer, writer, archaeologist, story lover...Read more
I look for strong, well observed characters that are taken on a journey; with a particular fondness for crime, thrillers, adventure, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, including young adult. Being a proud dad, I am also very keen on children's books, I love the creative quirkiness of this area. I also enjoy factual that illuminates some area of human experience with good storytelling. I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Goldacre and Steven Peters in factual, and I would particularly like to see a book on psychopathy and personality disorder, with first hand accounts of those with the diagnosis. However, any genre can be captivating if executed with craft and creativity.
I graduated from York University with a degree in Archaeology, and went on to further studies at Braesnose College, Oxford (although David Cameron was long gone and no one invited me to the Bullingdon club). My early career was in archaeology and I worked extensively across the middle east, in Libya, Syria and the Gulf, as well as Europe. I went on to work in the media, both in fiction and non-fiction, working with the BBC and with independent production company, One-Eyed Dog, producing such shows as Judge John Deed with Martin Shaw and New Street Law with John Hannah. I worked on Channel 4’s Time Team and developed many factual and drama projects for Tern Television and One-Eyed Dog as well as screenwriting for the BBC. I have worked with many writers over the years, both screen and prose, and welcome submissions from established and new writers.
I worked with DHH literary agency before leaving to found Tin-Can Telephone Literary Agency, as I had my own vision of what an agency should be. At TCT we aim to develop a hub where writers at every level can develop their skills until they are ready for a wider audience. Creatives need their tribe to thrive and that is what TCT provides.
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Jocelyn Dellar - Agent
I’m on the lookout for some great new writers, Read more
I have an M.A. in English and French from the University of Aberdeen, and during my studies, worked on the inauguration of a literary festival of word and image. I focussed more particularly on creative writing by taking courses at Edinburgh University and the Open University. I have worked in the arts (both as an event planner and a performer), in art galleries, taught English in France and worked in telecommunications and I.T. for international banking. All of this has given me a unique perspective on the possibilities of stories in all walks of life.
Everything has a story, if you look beneath the surface. What’s yours? I’d like to know.
Cinzia DuBois - Agent
As a lover of words, deep thoughts and poetic narratives, I am on the lookout Read more
for literary works of fiction in which the author demonstrates the beauty and power of storytelling. With a passion for language, I am interested in discovering well constructed general fiction, fantasy and science fiction, particularly novels which explore significant topics such as social rights, the self or politics.
I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in English Literature and Classical Literature and Civilisation before going on to complete a Masters in Literature and Modernity at the University of Edinburgh. I worked as a bookseller throughout both of my degrees before being promoted to the Philosophy and Gender Studies Book Buyer position in my current bookshop.
Over the past seven years I have been managing and running a successful literary Youtube channel dedicated to lectures, literary analysis, author interviews and poetry. I have produced video content for numerous publishers and companies including Penguin Randomhouse, Books Are My Bag, The British Council, The Scottish Book Trust, Universal Studios, Channel 4 and Waterstones. I am also a performance poet and published essayist which gives me an empathetic understanding of what it means to be a writer and the importance of one’s work. I believe that my thorough and analytical approach to texts coupled with my five years of commercial book industry experience allows me to offer authors professional, intuitive and well-informed advice which will help strengthen both their writing and their confidence.
Claire Daly - Agent
I am a voracious reader, I love nurturing writers and I am thrilled to be scouting for new talent in Scotland. I love Read more
I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a degree in Modern History before going to Goldsmiths College to study journalism. I was briefly an award-winning journalist and wrote for the Independent and Mslexia, but then turned my hand to literary events programming, coordinating the first ever Soho Literary Festival and later as founding Manager of the Bloomsbury Institute at Bloomsbury Publishing. I worked there for almost five years, along the way meeting two of my all time favourite authors, Margaret Atwood and William Boyd.
At Bloomsbury I ran the Writers & Artists Yearbook events programme and met many writers and agents. While running the ‘How to Hook an Agent’ masterclass I learned a lot about the submission process, and how dispiriting it can be for writers. It was then that I decided I wanted to become a literary agent, because sometimes the best writers are not those who are the most persistent. Sometimes quiet writers need encouragement and a supportive environment in which to thrive. I would like to edge these small marvels out into the world.
Since returning to Scotland I have worked as a freelance bibliotherapist for Golden Hare Books.
Follow Claire on Twitter: @DalyReads
Grace Ryder - Agent
Grace has worked in the arts, literature, media and dramaturgy for over a decade. She is highly skilled in supporting and developing emerging ability Read more
Jane Riddell - Training Advisor
I am a writer and editor myself, having now written 4 books,Read more
Although always having dreamt of writing, I came to full time writing relatively late having worked first as a dietitian and then as a health promoter for the NHS. After living in France for three years where I couldn’t work due to limited French but could write prolifically, I studied for a Masters in Creative Writing. In France I was unexpectedly involved in home-schooling our son, which lead to my writing a guide to learning French and a guide on English grammar. Music, photography and travel all inspire me to write and chocolate is a wonderful companion while doing so.