Isobel Dixon is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency where she represents writers from around the world. Her interests are wide-ranging and her clients' work includes literary fiction, crime and thrillers, young adult fiction, memoir, popular culture, biography, history and current affairs. Her clients 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 AppliedLinguistics. 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 (UK: Salt; South Africa: Jacana, 2007) and The Tempest Prognosticator (UK: Salt, South Africa: Random Umuzi, 2011) and Nine Arches will publish her new collection Bearings in 2016.
She is a Frankfurt Book Fair Fellow and a Jerusalem Book Fair Fellow, and often gives workshops on creative writing and agenting 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, Sandy Balfour, Simon Barraclough, Clare Best, Andrew Bienkowski, Troy Blacklaws, Dominique Botha, Karin Brynard, Edward Carey, George Makana Clark, Achmat Dangor, Andrew Dilger, Finuala Dowling, David Erdal, Tracey Farren, Michael Faulkner, Gus Ferguson, Essie Fox, Rohan Gavin, David Gilman, Pippa Goldschmidt, Lyndall Gordon, Etienne van Heerden, Michiel Heyns, Denis Hirson, Cormac James, Kathleen Jones, Manu Joseph, Azmeena Ladha, Charles Lambert, Carol Lefevre, Hannah Lowe, Hugh Lewin, Estate of Edward Beauclerk Maurice, Michael McGlade, Zakes Mda, Deon Meyer, Christopher Nicholson, Marlene van Niekerk, Gregory Norminton, Kaite O'Reilly, Margie Orford, Tony Park, Monique Roffey, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Terry Toma, Ivan Vladislavic, Anne Watts, Harry Whitehead, Edward Wilson-Lee.