A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland


LAS is a membership network, which is committed to advancing the interests of literature and languages at home and abroad. It is Scotland’s largest literary network, 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 and a period of development work from 2016-2018. In our exciting new two-year programme of work, Turning the Next Page: future proofing the sector to 2020 and beyond, we aim to raise the volume of the sector louder than ever before.


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.

LAS Board of Trustees

  • Peggy Hughes (Chair), Programme Director at National Centre for Writing
  • Dr Valentina Bold (Co-Vice-Chair)
  • Dr Donald Smith (Co-Vice-Chair), Chief Executive of TRACS & Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival
  • Rosemary Ward (Treasurer), Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust
  • Ali Bowden, Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
  • Asif Khan, Director of Scottish Poetry Library
  • Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust
  • Sophie Moxon, Executive Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland.

LAS members meet three times a year. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place at one of the three member meetings, and one of the meetings is held in a different part of Scotland to meet and discuss with those working in literature and languages there. Members actively participate in leading and contributing to LAS’s main areas of work. Meet our Members.

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

LAS Meetings 2020

DateTime & LocationDetails
Fri 28 Feb 2020 10am-1pm

Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting

Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. Please bring a brown-bag lunch.

Fri 1 May 2020 POSTPONEDtime tbc
venue tbc
Members' meeting
Trustees' meeting
Thur 11 Jun 20203pm on ZoomInformal members' meetup
Autumn 2020 - tbcTime and venue tbcSector Away Day including AGM


Download and read our Constitution: Literature Alliance Scotland Constitution 1 March 2016.

Annual Report and Accounts

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

LAS Projects & Communications

Jenny Kumar – admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk / 07989 557198



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