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Isobel is a talented, award-winning poet with several publications under her belt. Originally from South Africa, she currently lives in the UK with her husband. With degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, it was her love for the written word that led her into publishing, where she flourished. Isobel is currently a director at Blake Friedmann. Not only is Isobel a successful poet and literary agent, but she also translates works from Afrikaans into English.

True to her South African origins, Isobel represents several authors from SA including crime writer Karin Brynard, poet Finuala Dowling, and Zakes Mda. While overall, Isobel's taste errs on the side of literary works, she does represent writers of crime and thrillers as well as some young adult fiction. Isobel champions her eclectic taste, citing strength in diversity. In her life outside of being an agent, she has always read widely across fiction and non-fiction, and sees it as a great way to experience the world.

Experienced as both an author and agent, Isobel is keen to help all budding writers. She regularly attends festivals and gives seminars. One of her favourite parts of being an agent is the interactions with her clients and helping them achieve their best. Having an excuse to read as much as she does is also a nice perk of the job.

Isobel continues to write poetry, having had her latest collection, Bearings, published by Nine Arches Press in April 2016.



Detailed data

Agency:
Blake Friedmann Literary TV and Film Agency
Agent since:
1995
Short biography:
Isobel Dixon is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency where she represents writers from around the world. Her clients have won all the major South African literary awards, and authors on her list have, among others, won the Caine Prize, Commonwealth and PEN Awards, the Barry Award and been shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Ondaatje Prize, the Author's Club First Book Award, and the Booker Prize. Isobel was born and educated in South Africa, and in Edinburgh where she completed Masters degrees in English Literature and Applied Linguistics. She has translated novels from the Afrikaans and her debut poetry collection 'Weather Eye' (Carapace, 2001) won the Sanlam and the Olive Schreiner Prizes in South Africa. Her second collection 'A Fold in the Map' is published by Salt in the UK and Jacana in South Africa, with her new collection 'The Tempest Prognosticator' published by Salt in the UK and Random Umuzi in South Africa. She is a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow and often gives workshops on creative writing and agenting and speaks on panels at literary events, to students and to writers' groups.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Travel, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Her interests are wide-ranging and her clients' work includes literary fiction, young adult fiction, crime and thrillers, memoir, popular culture, biography, history and current affairs.

"I was always a voracious and eclectic reader, everything from Mills & Boon to Dickens, Tolkien to Agatha Christie. I recall a neighbor disapproving that my mother let us read comic books (and of our running wild in general, no doubt). I have three older sisters and always wanted to read what they were reading, too. My eldest sister rather wonderfully read the whole ofTo Kill a Mockingbirdto me in installments when I was about six, followed byI Am DavidandThe Silver Sword, favorites ever since. I still read widely for pleasure -- and the only regret of the job is not enough time to read as freely and as much as I'd like. (But then all of life has been like that). My other Master's at Edinburgh was in English Literature (on the long poem since Modernism), and I read a great deal of poetry, criticism and literary biography for pleasure, too." (http://publishingperspectives.com/2015/04/literary-agent-isobel-dixons-passions-span-africa-and-beyond/#.V5y1Q5MrJ-U)

Other loves & passions:
She is an accomplished poet and is passionate about S. Africa and international writing in general. More about her poetry work can be found on her personal website, isobeldixon.com, full link below.
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@isobeldixon
Interesting links:
http://www.isobeldixon.com
Clients:
Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, Estate of Tatamkhulu Afrika, Mary Akers, Sandy Balfour, Simon Barraclough, Andrew Bienkowski, Troy Blacklaws, Karin Brynard, Estate of Lily Buckle, Edward Carey, Uttara Chauhan, George Makana Clark, Imraan Coovadia, Achmat Dangor, Andrew Dilger, David Erdal, Michael Faulkner, Gus Ferguson, Essie Fox, David Gilman, Lyndall Gordon, Etienne van Heerden, Michiel Heyns, Denis Hirson, Kimberly Johnson, Kathleen Jones, Manu Joseph, Kapka Kassabova, Azmeena Ladha, Charles Lambert, Carol Lefevre, Hugh Lewin, Estate of Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Duncan McLaren, Zakes Mda, Deon Meyer, Christopher Nicholson, Marlene van Niekerk, Gregory Norminton, Kaite O'Reilly, Margie Orford, Tony Park, Monique Roffey, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Mike van Graan, Ivan Vladislavic, Anne Watts, Harry Whitehead.
Full client list:
http://blakefriedmann.co.uk/isobel-dixon
Email address:
info@blakefriedmann.co.uk

Agents of: Blake Friedmann Literary TV and Film Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.blakefriedmann.co.uk/
About the agency:
We are a literary, film and TV agency representing a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters for television and film, and a small number of playwrights, directors and producers. The agency was created in 1982, although the two founders - Carole Blake and Julian Friedmann - started their original agencies in the 1970s. Our philosophy has always been that we represent writers rather than one-off projects, planning long-term to build a client's career in as many markets and across as many media as possible. We work closely with our clients through the respective editorial, contractual, and marketing processes that lead to publication, or broadcast or cinema release. We are proud of our record of happy, enduring partnerships between the agency and its clients, and of our dynamic team of long-serving staff. We hope this website will give you an idea of the work we do here, and why we love it.
Address for submissions:
122 Arlington Road, London NW1 7HP
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@blakefriedmann.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7284 0408
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
If you would like to submit your work to the agency please send in the following, by email to the relevant agent. The format is [agent's first name]@blakefriedmann.co.uk. Please don't send to more than one of us: we will pass on to another agent if we feel it more appropriate. We strongly prefer email to post (and so does the planet).
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
63/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.blakefriedmann.co.uk/news/
More about the agency:
We are a literary, film and TV agency representing a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writers, screenwriters for television and film, and a small number of playwrights, directors and producers. The agency was created in 1982, although the two founders - Carole Blake and Julian Friedmann - started their original agencies in the 1970s. Our philosophy has always been that we represent writers rather than one-off projects, planning long-term to build a client's career in as many markets and across as many media as possible. We work closely with our clients through the respective editorial, contractual, and marketing processes that lead to publication, or broadcast or cinema release. We are proud of our record of happy, enduring partnerships between the agency and its clients, and of our dynamic team of long-serving staff. We hope this website will give you an idea of the work we do here, and why we love it.

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