Children's and YA agent Alice Sutherland-Hawes has left Madeleine Milburn Agency to launch her own agency, ASH Literary.
The new venture will focus on the children's market, representing both authors and illustrators.
Sutherland-Hawes said the majority of her clients would be following her to the agency, including twice Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted Poonam Mistry, debut authors Kereen Getten and Namina Forna, and illustrator of I Am Brown (Lantana), Sandhya Prabhat.
The agency will be represented for translation rights by ILA.
She said: “I have been incredibly fortunate to be taught by two of the best agents in the business and am thrilled to be taking this next step. Running my own agency has long been a dream of mine and I’m so excited to be launching ASH Literary today.”
Before her time at Madeleine Milburn, Sutherland-Hawes worked with Hilary Delamere at The Agency, having previously been a children’s bookseller.
ASH Literary opens for submissions today, and is looking for picture books and YA titles, including graphic novels. Submission guidelines can be found on the website.