London Writers Network
Meet the Editors with Penguin Random House

Come along to meet Penguin Random House editors and hear how they work with writers, and what books they're looking for. Free to London Writers Network members, open to all.

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Meet the Editors will feature short talks and panel discussion from leading editors from Penguin Random House covering the market from Literary Fiction to Narrative Non-Fiction, YA and Middle Grade. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and network over drinks and nibbles.  The panel includes Željka Marošević (Editorial Director, Jonathan Cape), Connor Brown (Editorial Director, Viking) and Tom Rawlinson, (Commissioning Editor, Penguin Children’s). 

If you’d like to book tickets for the livestream of this event you can do here: 


We’re aware that infection rates are expected to rise as the winter approaches. In response to this, we have the following guidelines and requests for our in-person events:

  • Where possible please do a lateral flow test on the day of the event and attend only if it is negative;

  • If you experience any coronavirus symptoms, please do not attend;

  • Mask wearing is optional;

  • We will hold events in venues where there will be some space for people to sit socially distanced if they wish to – please contact us if you’d like to do this;

  • We will also endeavour to have an option to watch the event via a livestream on Zoom. If you’d like to attend via livestream instead, please sign up here:


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About the London Writers Network
This event is part of our London Writers Network series, and designed to give attendees (both members and non members) access to the resources and knowledge they need to develop their writing craft and career.The London Writers Network is Spread the Word’s membership scheme, and offers a whole range of benefits. Members can attend two London Writers Network events for free each year and get 10% off our paid programme. They also receive a quarterly newsletter and special offers from our friends and partners. And all this for only £25 a year.

You can sign up / buy membership for a friend here. You need to log in to book your free ticket if you are a London Writers Network member. 


Connor Brown

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I publish upmarket, serious non-fiction; good books with wide appeal; those in the sweet spot, with potential to be both award-winning and bestselling. The authors I publish can communicate big ideas accessibly and engagingly. Areas I publish into include: science, history, psychology, economics, mathematics, politics, current affairs, narrative business, art, philosophy. Authors I’m working with at the moment include Ben Ansell, Ciaran Thapar, Devi Sridhar, the estate of John le Carré, Langley Sharp, Luke O’Neill, Mark Miodownik, Tomoko Kitagawa & Tim Revell, Vaclav Smil and Will Gompertz.

Željka Marošević

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Željka Marošević joined Jonathan Cape as Editorial Director in 2021 and acquires across fiction and non-fiction. Her authors include Amy Key, Ore Agbaje-Williams, Jacqueline Crooks, Brandon Taylor and Momtaza Mehri. Prior to this she was Publisher at Daunt Books where she published authors such as Mary Gaitskill, Amina Cain and Hernan Diaz, and authors in translation such as Elisa Shua-Dusapin, winner of the National Book Award for Translated Literature. During her time as Publisher, she led the successful revival of works by M.F.K. Fisher and Natalia Ginzburg, and launched Daunt Books Originals, an imprint for new writing, which in 2020 published the Booker Prize-shortlisted Real Life by Brandon Taylor. Between 2017-2019 she was co-editor of The White Review, overseeing a relaunch of the magazine, and discovering and editing many new writers. Between 2013 and 2016 she was Managing Director of Melville House UK, where she published Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize (for outstanding women in publishing) and won a LBF Trailblazer Award.

Tom Rawlinson

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I’ve been working in editorial for nearly eight years, across fiction and non-fiction, in the 6+ team at Penguin Random House Children’s. Currently I work on all sorts, and across all sorts of ages. From legacy authors such as Roald Dahl, to brands including Doctor Who. I also look to commission exciting new voices, and have recently signed up and published debut authors including Abigail Balfe and Sarah Daniels. My work on non-fiction involves new ideas and established names, including Bill Bryson and Yuval Noah Harari.