A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland


LAS is a membership organisation, which is committed to advancing the interests of literature and languages at home and abroad. It is Scotland’s largest network for literature and languages, bringing together writers, publishers, educators, librarians, literature organisations and national cultural bodies.


LAS is a trusted, strong collective voice for Scotland’s literature and languages, which are celebrated locally, nationally and internationally.


LAS was formed in spring 2015 as successor to the Literature Forum for Scotland, which was first set up in 2001, at the invitation of the then Literature Committee of the Scottish Arts Council. In 2006, following a review of its remit by the Scottish Arts Council, the Literature Forum was formally recognised as a national Advisory Council for Literature, and acted in this capacity. In mid-2014, Literature Forum members decided to review the organisation’s future role and to consider how it should develop to become a stronger and more inclusive voice for literature and languages in Scotland and abroad, leading to the transition in spring 2015 to Literature Alliance Scotland.


LAS became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Institution (SCIO) on 7 March 2016. Under its Constitution, LAS has a Board of Trustees headed by a Chair and Vice-Chair, elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting.

Board of Trustees

Peggy Hughes (Chair) 



Dr Donald Smith (Vice-Chair)

Donald Smith

Rosemary Ward (Treasurer)

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Ali Bowden 

Marc Lambert

Marc Lambert

Marion Sinclair (Lead, Partnerships and International Steering Group)

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Asif Khan

Asif Khan colour pic

Valentina Bold (photo coming soon)

Sophie Moxon (photo coming soon)

David Wheatley (photo coming soon)


LAS members meet four times a year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place after one of the four member meetings (in November), and another of the meetings is held in a different part of Scotland in order to meet and discuss with those working in literature there. Members actively participate in leading and contributing to LAS’s main areas of work. A short profile of each member of Literature Alliance Scotland can be found in our Members Section.

The Board of LAS meets four times a year but may meet up to six times a year as and when required.

LAS Meetings 2018

DateTime & LocationDetails
Wednesday 7 March 2018 1-3pm
Saltire Society, Edinburgh
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting
Tuesday 8 May 20181.30-3.30pm
Tilt Room, Horsecross, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting
Friday 28 Sept 20181.30-2.15pm
Saltire Society, Edinburgh
Trustees' meeting
Members' meeting


The LAS Constitution can be found here: Literature Alliance Scotland Constitution 1 March 2016.

Annual Report and Accounts

LAS’s first Annual Report and Accounts: LAS Annual Accounts Year ended 31 March 2017


Jenny Kumar, Communications Officer.
admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk / 07989 557198

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Literature Alliance Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registration Number SC046387.