Peggy Hughes has been Executive Director at the National Centre for Writing since January 2022, and was Head of Programmes for four years before that. She comes from Northern Ireland, went to university in Scotland, and stayed to spend her formative years in literature organisations including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Peggy sits on various boards, including as Chair of StAnza: Scotland’s international poetry festival and as trustee for Open Book Reading, and interviews writers at festivals and events around the UK and Ireland. She is judging the 2023 Nan Shepherd Prize.
Fellows are nominated by peers and elected by our Council of writers – our governing Board. Being elected a Fellow of the RSL is a lifetime honour. This role gives them the opportunity to support other writers, readers and the future of literature. The RSL connects writers in the Fellowship to one another, and to a wider readership.