Andrew Kidd appointed Arvon ceo

News - Books Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Folio Prize co-founder succeeds Ruth Borthwick

Andrew Kidd is to be the new chief executive and artistic director of Arvon.

Kidd is co-founder of digital book club Alexi Books and of the Folio Academy Foundation/Rathbones Folio Prize; he has been publisher at Picador and md of literary agency Aitken Alexander. He succeeds Ruth Borthwick, Arvon ceo for the past 10 years. Arvon said that Borthwick had overseen a significant development of the literary charity's work, including a renovation of its Shropshire centre, an expansion of its work with teachers, and a digital programme.

"I have long admired Arvon for the open-hearted way it engages everyone - from disadvantaged school children to dedicated writers - in the creative process, offering them the chance to liberate their imaginations and find a voice," Kidd said. "That Ruth Borthwick leaves behind her a flourishing charity, overseen by such a talented and committed team, is a testament to her amazing work over the last 10 years. I am honoured and excited to have an opportunity to build on that legacy as I work with my new colleagues, together with Arvon's trustees and supporters, to connect with as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible, and to further develop Arvon's range, resources and innovative programming."

Jeremy Treglown, Arvon chair, said: "We have a big capital project to get cracking on at Ted Hughes's old Pennine house, Lumb Bank, work to do on our other writing centres in Devon and Shropshire, and a programme brimming over with stimulating courses.

"Arvon's trustees and senior management team are thrilled that Andrew Kidd joins us at this crucial moment in the 50-year-old charity's history. If anyone has the energy, the intelligence, the imagination and connections to succeed Ruth Borthwick, it's him."

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