Educated at Eton and Edinburgh College of Art, he was fortunate enough to be on the pilot scheme of the Sotheby’s Works of Art Course. Subsequently he worked for Sotheby’s and briefly ran the newly-formed Victorian paintings department before moving to Michael Parkin Fine Art, a gallery specializing in modern British art. His next job was at Wildenstein & Co, the international art dealers. Three years later he was able to set up his own art gallery, the Maclean Gallery and dealt in an eclectic mix of paintings and drawings and prints from the 18th century to contemporary work, producing several catalogues and in 1985, curating the first exhibition of erotic art to be held legally in the UK.
At about this time he was asked to cover the art auction scene for House and Garden and wrote a column for seven years. He has also written for the Observer, Evening Standard and New Statesman.
In 1995, Jamie Maclean started up a newsletter, the Erotic Review, later handing over the editorship to Rowan Pelling, who built up the newsletter into a magazine with a readership of over 30,000. Contributors over the years included Naim Attallah, Joseph Connolly, Kate Copstick, Alan Jenkins, Auberon Waugh, Alain de Botton, A C Grayling, DBC Pierre, Barry Humphries, Toby Young and Brian Sewell........................
LISA MOYLETT has worked in publishing for almost 25 years and founded Coombs Moylett Literary Agency in 1997. Since then she has built up an eclectic list of authors and writers, a cross-section of which includes: continuation 007 Bond author, John Gardner, best-selling crime writers, Lisa Hall, Simon Brett and Catriona McPherson. Lexicographer and the World’s foremost authority on Anglophone slang, Jonathon Green and journalist, author and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty.
Born in London but brought up in both Africa and the Middle East, Lisa graduated from Chelsea Art School and set up her first business as an agent for photographers and illustrators – representing Pixies photographer, Simon Larbalestier, illustrator Richard Caldicott and portrait photographer Chris Garnham.
Lisa bought the Erotic Review and ER Books in 2014.
Zoë grew up in southwest London and went on to study English at St Peter’s College, Oxford. She interned at the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company before starting her career as an editorial assistant at Erotic Review magazine. She then worked as a reporter at a trade magazine and at the Financial Times as a book reviewer and subeditor. She has written for a variety of print and online titles including FT Life & Arts, Spiked, Good Housekeeping, The Upcoming, For Books Sake and Lifetime. She is also deputy editor of Erotic Review magazine.
Zoë joined CMM this year and is interested in literary and commerical fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, historical and crime novels. She is especially keen to build a list of young adult and children’s authors and can be reached at email@example.com.
A combination of talent and luck got West Londoner Tara Smyth into the literary world. Having studied at the prestigious Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith and rebelling against all aspects of it in order to discover a love of all things art, Tara went on to do A levels in both Drama and Theatre Studies, as well as Performing Arts, before venturing forth to study Performing Arts at Bucks New Uni.
During her time at university, Tara did not give up on her childhood passion of writing poetry and music and had a poem published in online magazine Myddle Earth by fellow writer, Peter Lancett.
Upon finishing her degree, Tara moved back to her beloved Acton and began work for CMM part time, hoping to do some acting while at it.
Interested in acting, writing and reading exciting, adventurous literature; Tara is now hoping to further her career in the world of art.