Isobel Dixon is Head of Books and a Director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, where she represents writers from around the world, among them Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers and international prize winners. Her interests are wide-ranging and her clients' work includes contemporary, historical and literary fiction, crime and thrillers, memoir, biography, narrative history and current affairs (often with a memoir slant). Her authors have won all the major South African literary awards, and authors on her list have, among others, won the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Caine Prize, Commonwealth and PEN Awards, the Barry Award, the OCM Bocas Prize and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, the Man Asian Literary Prize, the Ondaatje Prize, the Author's Club First Book Award, the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.
Isobel was born and educated in South Africa, and in Edinburgh where she completed Master's degrees in English Literature and Applied Linguistics. She has translated novels from the Afrikaans and her debut poetry collection Weather Eye (Carapace, 2001) won the Sanlam and the Olive Schreiner Prizes in South Africa. Her further collections are A Fold in the Map and The Tempest Prognosticator, both republished by Nine Arches in 2018. Her latest collection Bearings is published by Modjaji in South Africa and Nine Arches in the UK (April 2016) and Mariscat published a pamphlet The Leonids (August 2016). Nine Arches will publish her next collection The Landing in 2021 and she is working on a poetry-music-art collaboration linked to D.H. Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers.
She is a Trustee of the National Centre for Writing in Norwich, on the Board of BTBS The Book Trade Charity and Vice President of the Association of Authors' Agents, where one of her key portfolios is diversity and inclusivity in publishing. She is a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow and often gives workshops on creative writing, agenting and negotiation, and speaks on panels at literary events, to students and to writers' groups.
Clients: Sulaiman Addonia, Estate of Tatamkhulu Afrika, Mary Akers, Sally Andrew, Abdul Raman Azzam, Keith Baker, Sandy Balfour, Kirsty Bashforth, Andrew Bienkowski, Karin Brynard, Adrienne Burgess, Graeme Macrae Burnet, Edward Carey, Elizabeth Chadwick, George Makana Clark, Anne de Courcy, Jennifer Crwys-Williams, Achmat Dangor, Sheila Dainow, Andrew Dilger, Finuala Dowling, David Erdal, Barbara Erskine, Tracey Farren, Michael Faulkner, Gus Ferguson, David Gilman, Pippa Goldschmidt, Lyndall Gordon, Ann Granger, Etienne van Heerden, Michiel Heyns, Denis Hirson, Cormac James, Peter James, Kathleen Jones, Manu Joseph, Kobie Kruger, Azmeena Ladha, Charles Lambert, Hannah Lowe, Hugh Lewin, Estate of Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Zakes Mda, Deon Meyer, Christopher Nicholson, Marlene van Niekerk, Lawrence Norfolk, Gregory Norminton, Joseph O'Connor, Sheila O'Flanagan, Kaite O'Reilly, Alan Parks, Monique Roffey, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Jane Sigaloff, Margaret Stewart, Julian Stockwin, Terry Toma, Ivan Vladislavic, Jacqueline Walker, Bridget Walsh, Anne Watts, Harry Whitehead, Edward Wilson-Lee.