Oh I love what KIt de Waal is doing – she is being so incredibly supportive and generous setting up scholarships and all that. One admirable lady. *swoons* I’d not really kept track of Kerry Hudson, but I’ll check her out.
That’s true re lots of them having MAs, I guess it hadn’t really registered. I’d never think anyone has become an agent *just* because of their background – and you’re right – having worked for a Masters (or even an undergrad degree really) kind of negates background anyway. It sounds like a lot of the barriers to people getting starting in publishing is the sheer cost of living in London and the poor pay of those entrance level jobs. Living so far away (rural Scotland), I cant even begin to fathom how anyone can afford to live in London! :-O