Salma is the assistant at The Good Literary Agency.
Before joining TGLA, Salma was on the graduate scheme at Wellcome Trust, where she worked closely with underrepresented audiences, and set up Wellcome Collection's first youth panel. Before that, she worked for NCS The Challenge and interned for Twinkle Space Mission. Salma has a BSc in History and Philosophy of Science from University College London and has completed two postgraduate modules, focusing on diversity in the arts, at UCL's Institute of Education.
Her responsibilities include reading submissions and assisting the team across all of the agency's work.
More about Salma and what she loves to read
"I have always loved to read. English is my second language and my first interaction with it was in the written form. While I feared speaking in English, I happily read my favourite books out loud, devouring as much Jaqueline Wilson as I could get my hands on at the library and, over time, my confidence grew.
As a teenager trying to make sense of my cultural and religious background, books such as Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Taslima Nasrin’s Lajja: Shame helped me feel less confused. As an adult, reading books such as Tara Westover’s Educated has been a form of therapy, helping me understand my experiences of health and illness.
For me, the real power of books is that each of them, in their unique way, can tell us something important about the world we live in. I am excited by The Good Literary Agency’s mission to expand the pipeline for diverse voices in mainstream publishing and I can’t wait to read books that teach me something new about our world."