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Portobello Literary

Portobello Literary are a literary agency based in Edinburgh, representing excellent writing from Scotland and beyond in adult fiction and non-fiction. We handle UK and international rights for our clients and regularly attend international book fairs. Our clients include Polly Atkin, Fiona Black, Gill Booles, Russell Jones, Andrés N. Ordorica, Wendy Pratt and Christina Riley. Our website includes resources for aspiring writers seeking publication.

Portobello Literary was founded by Caro Clarke who has over ten years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and most recently at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Association of Scottish Literary Agents

The Association of Scottish Literary Agents (ASLA) is the representative body of  literary agents based in Scotland.

ASLA was formed in 2009 in order for Scottish literary agents to share resources and ideas, and to liaise with other organisations in the publishing industry.

Between us, we represent a wide variety of authors and illustrators, mostly from Scotland – in both adult and children’s literature.

For unsolicited submissions from authors and illustrators, please check the submission guidelines on individual agents’ websites or, if an agency does not provide a website, please submit a brief letter of enquiry or a brief email without any attachments.

  • Joint Chair & Secretary: Jenny Brown and Lucy Juckes
  • Treasurer: Lindsey Fraser


Our members include:

John Beaton Writers’ Agency


Jenny Brown Associates

31 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh EH9 1HU
T: 0131 229 5334
Twitter:  @agentjenny


Brownlee Donald Associates Ltd
Sub agent only. Do not send submissions.

Fraser Ross Associates

6/2 Wellington Place, Edinburgh EH6 7EQ
Contact: Lindsey Fraser
T: 0131 553 2759
Contact: Kathryn Ross
T: 0131 657 4412


Duncan McAra Literary Agency

3 Viewfield Avenue, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2AG
T: 0141 772 1067


Judy Moir Literary Agency


Julie Fergusson

The North Literary Agency