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Borthwick, Ruth

Ruth Borthwick

Elected: 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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Fellowship Election Process​

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.