A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

About

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.

Vision

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

History

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.

Governance

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) 

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Dr Donald Smith (Vice-Chair)

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Rosemary Ward (Treasurer)

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Board Members

Ali Bowden (Lead, Advocacy and Communications Steering Group)

Jim Tough (Lead, Events Steering Group)

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Marc Lambert

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Marion Sinclair (Lead, Partnerships and International Steering Group)

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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 Member Meetings 2017

DateTime & LocationDetails
Wednesday 15 February 20171.30-3.30pm
3.30-4.30pm
@ Saltire Society, Edinburgh
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting
Wednesday 17 May 20171.30-3.30pm
3.30-4.30pm
@ University of Stirling
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting
Wednesday 13 September 20171.30-3.30pm
3.30-4.30pm
@ Saltire Society, Edinburgh
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting
Wednesday 15 November 2017tbc
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@ Saltire Society, Edinburgh
Members' meeting
AGM
Trustees' meeting

Constitution

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

Annual Report and Accounts

LAS’s latest Annual Report and Accounts will be made publicly available here. The first Annual Report and Accounts will cover the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017, and will be made available thereafter.

Administration

Jenny Kumar, Communications Officer.
jenny@jkconsultancy.com / 07989 557198

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

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