Cathryn Summerhayes re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She established an eclectic list of clients at WME agency, where she worked for ten years. Prior to that she worked at several other British literary agencies and at Colman Getty PR – where she worked on a number of high-profile book events including the Man Booker Prize and Samuel Johnson Prize. Cathryn won The British Book Awards’ Agent of the Year in 2019 and her clients include Dr Adam Kay, Mark Watson, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Susan Fletcher, Johanna Basford, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Lucy Foley, Polpo’s Russell Norman, Mark Hix, Clemmie Hooper and Deborah Kay Davies. Cathryn also works in the production office at Port Eliot Literary Festival and is actively involved in both Hay and Edinburgh International Festivals.
“My true passion as a literary agent is for uniqueness, be that in the way an author writes or the subject he or she is writing about. I am passionate about great storytelling, beautiful books, inspiring voices. My relationships with each of my authors is very important and I pride myself of being in it for the long-game, nurturing books through to publication and beyond and building writing careers long-term. The Curtis Brown team’s passion for the written word and printed pages mirrors my own. My taste is best described as literary, but I have some wonderfully commercial authors whose voices and plots transcend the everyday. I am looking for something special in everything I read – and I am constantly surprised by what enchants me” – Cathryn Summerhayes