Company spotlight: Chatto & Windus

Company spotlight: Chatto & Windus

The driving force of Chatto’s poetry list muses on the next generation 

Parisa Ebrahimi is talking about arriving at Chatto & Windus as a young editor. “I came into the job with a passion for poetry,” she says, then stops and laughs. “If that doesn’t sound too wanky.”

Well, no. In fact, it is fortuitous because since 2010 she has been tasked with reinvigorating Chatto’s venerable poetry list. The imprint has a formidable heritage but, Ebrahimi admits, since Andrew Motion left his role as its poetry editor in the ‘90s, it “had not really been a priority”.   

Since she has taken over, Ebra...

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