Rukhsana is joining TGLA as an associate agent focusing on non-fiction but also building a select fiction list, in particular, genre, literary and speculative fiction.
Most recently deputy editor at Wasafiri, Yasmin entered the industry through an Arts Council England (ACE) diversity in publishing scheme after completing a degree in Physics from the University of Surrey and went on to work at award-winning publishers Saqi Books, Profile Books and Jacaranda. In 2012 she was awarded The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for Women in Publishing and was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2014. She is a trustee of the Centre for Learning in Primary Education (CLPE), with particular interest in the representation of children of colour in books. In recent years she has been working with writers from predominantly under-represented communities, offering mentorship through workshops with Spread the Word, as well as one-to-one editorial care and development in narrative nonfiction and fiction in her role as Project Officer at Commonwealth Writers, part of the Commonwealth Foundation.
She is editor of the forthcoming anthology Is it cos I is Muslim, Bruv? and working on her own life writing, The Girl in the Corner Shop.
More about Rukhsana and what she loves to read
"My reading habits are eclectic – or so I’ve been told. I’ve published fiction, nonfiction, essays, life writing, poetry, current affairs, popular science, history … I think that about covers most of what I’ve done. And now, at the beginning of a new chapter, as literary agent. I’m seeking engaging life writing, experimental fiction, what used to be called genre writing (sci-fi to you and me and now known as speculative fiction – think Angela Carter, Margaret Atwood, Courttia Newland and Miéville) and not to forget twisted and dark crime fiction. Though in particular, I am looking for popular history, science, lifestyle and wellbeing. I might wander into new arena’s – if your work doesn’t fit in the above, send it anyway. If it’s excellent writing, I’m likely to create a bubble around myself and your manuscript, until I’ve read it in one gulp.
Some of the writers I’ve worked with include: Gabriel Gbadamosi, Irenosen Okojie, Gene Sharp, Reza Aslan, Fiston Manza Mujila, Rana Abdul Fatteh, Aslı Perker, Maggie Gee, Courttia Newland, Anthony Anaxagouru, Bina Shah, Gemma Weekes and China Miéville."