Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Ella Diamond Kahn

Prior to co-launching DKW in 2012, Ella worked at Andrew Nurnberg Associates as an Assistant Literary Agent for three years. She loves the creative side of collaborating with authors, pitching exciting projects and handling negotiations. Ella represents upmarket contemporary and historical fiction, science fiction, and some non-fiction. She also represents a wide range of children’s fiction for the 9-12 and YA age groups. She is passionate about finding and championing new voices, including those traditionally under-represented in publishing.

She has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge. She was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2011, and has also volunteered as the SYP’s Events Officer and Treasurer. She became a Freeman of the Stationers’ Company in 2012. Ella was included in The Bookseller’s list of Rising Stars in 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016.


Bryony Woods

bryony_portraitBefore co-founding DKW, Bryony worked at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, and spent several years working in specialist bookshops and libraries. She has worked with top publishers both in the UK and abroad, and loves negotiating publishing contracts to an almost absurd degree. She represents an eclectic mix of talented writers, and loves everything from quirky children’s fiction through to YA and adult fiction and non-fiction.

Bryony has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in English Literature from the University of Reading. She previously volunteered as University Liaison Officer for the Society of Young Publishers, where she visited universities across the UK giving talks and workshops to help graduates break into the publishing industry. Bryony was selected by The Bookseller as one of their Rising Stars of 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016.


Elinor Cooper


Before joining DKW in 2015, Elinor Cooper worked at Rochelle Stevens & Co as a literary agent.  She represents writers of literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction including memoir and politics, writers and illustrators of children’s books across all age ranges – from picture books to YA – and graphic novels.  She loves working with her clients editorially, often giving in-depth feedback and support, particularly with debut novelists.

She began her career at A P Watt, where she spent eight years, working with Caradoc King across his varied list and beginning to take on her own authors and illustrators.  Before that, she was a bookseller in Manchester, Brighton and on London’s Charing Cross Road.  She has a degree in English & American Literature from the University of Manchester.


Anna Holmwood

Before launching DKW’s foreign rights department, Anna was a literary agent at the Grayhawk Agency in Taipei, representing English-language clients in the Chinese markets as well as top writing talent from the region all over the world. She has also worked for agencies in London, Beijing and across Scandinavia. Anna has developed a nerdish love of all things related to translation rights and finding out which novels are beloved where. She has worked on all steps of the process, from selling rights, to translating and editing finished book translations. This gives her an excellent insight into the unique journey each book takes when it is sold to a new territory.

Anna has an MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies and a BA in History from Oxford University. She translates prize-winning novels and narrative non-fiction, and was a founding member of the Emerging Translators Network in London. She speaks fluent Swedish and Mandarin Chinese.