Posted on 26/04/2021

We are delighted to announce the Felicity Bryan Publishing Mentorship Scheme, created in honour of the pre-eminent literary agent Felicity Bryan, who died in June 2020.

The scheme is an annual paid three-month mentorship programme aimed at anyone from an underrepresented background who is interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. It is designed to be accessible to anyone, no matter their circumstances, and to give a stimulating and varied introduction to the many aspects of publishing. The mentee will be paid the Oxford Living Wage for the duration of the mentorship and there will be a stipend available to cover the cost of accommodation. The scheme is generously supported by Felicity’s family, and reflects her own energetic nurturing of talent and potential in young people starting out on their careers.

The mentorship will be based primarily at the Felicity Bryan Associates offices. It will also include a range of industry placements at our partner organisations, including:

  • Hachette UK
  • Profile Books
  • Andrew Nurnberg Associates
  • Blackwell’s Bookshop
  • Sylvie Zannier Literary Scouting

Catherine Clarke, MD of Felicity Bryan Associates: ‘We are proud to be honouring Felicity’s memory with a scheme designed to open up the commercial workings and creative highlights of our wonderful industry to talented individuals who might otherwise not have that opportunity. And we are immensely grateful for the generous participation of our partners in providing depth and variety to the programme.’

About Felicity Bryan:  Felicity was unequivocally one of the most successful and esteemed literary agents of the last few decades. She established her own literary agency in Oxford in 1988, after a career as a journalist and then a director at Curtis Brown in London. Her clients at that time included Mary Berry and Rosamunde Pilcher, and her burgeoning commercial and critical success gave her the basis to take on new agents and staff. When she died, from stomach cancer, in summer 2020, her agency was the largest outside London. She was awarded an MBE in the 2020 New Years Honours for her services to publishing.


Applications for the Felicity Bryan Publishing Mentorship Scheme are open to anyone over 18, based in the UK or Ireland, who considers themselves underrepresented in the publishing industry on the grounds of ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender, class or any other circumstances.


To apply you need to answer three short questions and send us your most up-to-date CV.

These questions are designed to give us a bit a more information about you, your passion for books and why you feel this mentorship would be beneficial to you.

Applications are open from Monday 26th April until midnight on Sunday 16th May. Please email your application to

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

The successful candidate will start on Monday 5th July 2021.


To apply please send your CV, along with the below, to (please answer all questions in one Word document/PDF):

1. Tell us about a book you read recently that you enjoyed. What made it stand out to you? (maximum 500 words)

2. Tell us about a time you worked in a team – this example could be from your job, volunteering, a group project at school/university, or an event you helped to put on. How did you help things run smoothly and the team to achieve its goals? (maximum 500 words)

3. Why do you want to apply for this mentorship scheme? Your answer should include information about why you feel you are from a background underrepresented in publishing and also what you want to learn about the publishing industry. (maximum 500 words)


When does the Mentorship start and how long is it for?

The Mentorship starts on Monday 5th July and runs for three months until Friday 24th September.

Do I need to have a degree to apply?

No, there are no degree requirements for the Mentorship, however you need to be over 18 and be based in the UK or Ireland.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit for the Mentorship. Anyone can apply as long as they are over the age of 18 and are based in the UK or Ireland.

If I’ve applied for the FBA Paid Internship Programme can I apply for the Mentorship?

Yes, however you will need to submit a separate application for the Mentorship scheme, answering the three application questions and submitting an up-to-date CV.

Can I do the Mentorship part-time, or delay the start date?

No, you need to be available for the full three months and available to start on 5th July.

Will the Mentorship be remote this year?

No, you will be working in our Oxford offices for the majority of the mentorship, with some additional placements with our partners in Oxford and London. There may be some flexibility depending on office working practices but this will be a predominantly office-based role.

I’m not sure if I’m eligible, what should I do?

The Mentorship is open to anyone who considers themselves underrepresented in the publishing industry on the grounds of ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender, class or any other circumstances and we encourage applicants to self-select their eligibility. There is space provided in the application questions to explain why this mentorship would be beneficial to you.

Do I need the right to work in the UK?

Yes. The Mentorship is based in Oxford and so you will need the right to work in the UK.

Is the mentorship paid?

Yes, you will be paid the Oxford Living Wage for the duration of the three months (£10.31 an hour).

Can you help with accommodation costs?

There is a financial stipend available which is designed to help cover your accommodation costs and allow you to live in Oxford for the duration of the Mentorship.