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The Insider Conversation: Literary Agent & Poet Isobel Dixon

Wednesday 1 November 2017, 3.00PM to 6.00pm

If you’re interested in creative writing or publishing, you won’t want to miss these special events with award-winning poet and literary agent, Isobel Dixon.

  • 3.00-4.00pmPUBLISHING MASTERCLASS – What does an agent do? How do you get one?
  • 5.00pmPOETRY READING, with discussion of writing life and practice. 

Isobel Dixon is Head of Books and Director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, where she represents bestselling writers from around the world. Her clients' work includes crime and thrillers, literary fiction, memoir, biography and history.

Authors on her list have won all the major South African literary awards, the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Caine Prize, Commonwealth and PEN Awards, the OCM Bocas Prize and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Costa Prize, the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, among others. 

She has translated novels from the Afrikaans and her debut poetry collection Weather Eye (Carapace, 2001) won the Olive Schreiner Award in South Africa. Her latest collection Bearings was published by Modjaji in South Africa and Nine Arches in the UK and Scottish publisher Mariscat released her pamphlet, The Leonids, all in 2016. In 2018 Nine Arches will re-issue her earlier titles A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator. She is working on a poetry-music-art collaboration, with artist Douglas Robertson and composer Stephen Montague, linked to D.H. Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers.

See more on her agent page and her poetry website.


This is a Writers at York event.

Writers at York offers a lively programme of public readings and workshops, and aims to celebrate and explore the work of emerging and established contemporary writers.

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Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Heslington West Campus

Admission: All welcome, no booking required