A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

About

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.

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 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.

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.

LAS Board of Trustees

  • Jenny Niven (Chair), Freelancer Producer
  • Dr Valentina Bold (Co-Vice-Chair)
  • Melanie Ramdarshan Bold
  • Ali Bowden (Co-Vice-Chair), Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust
  • Peggy Hughes, Programme Director at National Centre for Writing
  • Alison Lang (Treasurer), Director of Gaelic Books Council
  • Asif Khan, Director of Scottish Poetry Library
  • Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust
  • Sophie Moxon, Executive Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Sarah Mason, Programme Director of The Saltire Society
  • Vikki Reilly, Events, Marketing & Sales Support Manager at Publishing Scotland
  • Rosemary Ward, Director of Programme at Scottish Book Trust

In 2021, LAS members will meet virtually five times a year with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) taking place at the Sector Away Day in the Autumn. Members actively participate in leading and contributing to LAS’s main areas of work. Meet our Members.

The Board of LAS will meet virtually up to six times a year in 2021.

LAS Meetings 2021

DateTime & LocationDetails
Fri 5 Feb 202112-1.30pm on Zoom
Members' meeting

Tue 20 Apr 20213-4.30pm on ZoomMembers' meeting
Mon 7 June 20213-4.30pm on ZoomMembers' meeting
Mon 13 Sep 20212-3.30pm on ZoomMembers' meeting
Nov 2021 tbctime tbc, on ZoomSector Away Day + AGM
Dec tbctime tbc, on ZoomMembers' meeting/ social

Constitution

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 Annual Accounts Year Ended 2018

LAS Annual Accounts Year Ended 2019

LAS Projects & Communications Manager

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

 

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

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