Our friends in the north

Our agents

Julie Fergusson

Julie obtained degrees in maths then creative writing from Edinburgh University, before working for several years as both a publisher and a freelance editor. She is looking for novels that are intelligent and thought-provoking, both commercial and literary, particularly women’s, reading group and dystopian fiction; as well as psychological thrillers and YA fantasy.

She loves a detailed and fast-paced plot, centred around interesting and well-developed characters. Think Luckiest Girl Alive, Elizabeth is Missing, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, The Power by Naomi Alderman, and anything by Louise O’Neill or Margaret Atwood.

Allan Guthrie

Allan has worked in the book trade since 1996 and has been a literary agent since 2005. He is also an award-winning novelist, freelance editor and former publisher.

His main area of interest is crime fiction.

Kevin Pocklington

Kevin joined JBA as an agent in 2011, where he developed a mainly non-fiction list from scratch.

At The North, he is looking for a wider range of non-fiction submissions and would like to develop a fiction list with new authors, including accessible literary, YA and crime titles.


Stan (Mark Stanton) worked at Canongate Books for more than six years before becoming an agent in 2003. He represents writers from an array of genres including: literary and book club fiction, crime and thrillers and non-fiction – particularly in the areas of biography, sport and popular culture; though he’s very keen to see anything in the fields of popular science and politics.

In 2011 he was short-listed for Literary Agent of the Year. He didn’t win.