Ruth Borthwick

Ruth Borthwick was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Ruth Borthwick has been Chief Executive of Arvon since 2009. She has worked with writers for over 30 years in bookselling and publishing, and she co-founded London’s Spread the Word, with Bernardine Evaristo, to encourage new voices to emerge and tell their stories. Ruth was also Head of Literature and Talks at the Southbank Centre, where she brought leading international artists, including five Nobel laureates, to UK audiences, and founded Imagine, the children’s literature festival. Ruth feels privileged to lead Arvon, the home of creative writing, where she believes that everyone can develop their voice as part of a supportive community of writers.

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