A literary agent all her professional life, Deborah Rogers (1938-2014) set up her own agency in 1967, and twenty years later formed Rogers Coleridge & White with Gill Coleridge and Pat White. One of the most influential literary agents of her generation, Deborah was renowned for her taste, her loyalty and her immense generosity in the support she gave to authors. At the 2014 London Book Fair, Deborah was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing, the first agent to have received the honour. Her sudden death a few weeks later sent a shockwave through the world of publishing and the many writers, publishers and agents whose lives she had touched.
Deborah’s particular genius lay in identifying and supporting talented young people. The Deborah Rogers Foundation (DRF) was therefore set up in her memory to continue to seek out and support emerging talent in the publishing world specifically by means of two biennial awards:
- The Writers Award which gives £10,000 to an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book, and
- The David Miller Bursary which is being re-focused in 2022 to become The David Miller Internship Programme. This will offer two entry level, paid internships to rights and agenting, partnering with Creative Access to search for candidates from groups who are under-represented in the sector gain
international work experience.
The Board chaired by Lord Berkeley of Knighton, Deborah’s widower, comprises people who knew and loved Deborah, including RCW colleagues, writers and friends from the publishing world.
For more information about these awards please go to the Writers Award page or the David Miller Internship Programme page.