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Stuart Hall Foundation appoints new Executive Director

04 Nov 2019

The Stuart Hall Foundation is delighted to announce that Ruth Borthwick has been appointed as the new Executive Director.

Ruth has twenty years’ experience of leading organisations in the charity arts sector, and of advocating for literature in national and international contexts. She comes to the Foundation from Arvon, the UK’s leading creative writing charity, which she led for ten years. She directed a £2.25 million renovation of The Hurst, Arvon’s Shropshire writing house, and conceived and developed the Clockhouse Writers’ Retreat, a new facility for talented writers, providing time and space to write in a comfortable environment in the grounds of The Hurst. During her tenure, Arvon doubled the number of writer-tutors from BAME backgrounds it contracted and partnered with many diverse and black-led organisations to widen access.

As Head of Literature & Talks at the Southbank Centre, she directed and produced Britain’s only year-round programme of literature events where she worked with some of the world’s leading writers including Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Derek Walcott. As part of the programme, she invited Stuart Hall to interview Toni Morrison in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and she also organised a celebrated live interview of Stuart by Bill Schwarz, which introduced Stuart’s work to a new audience, including many younger people. Previously Ruth co-founded Spread the Word with this year's Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo. Based in Brixton, its remit was to teach the craft of writing to emerging London writers. It is still going strong today.

A Cultural Studies graduate, Ruth’s work has been informed by her understanding of and commitment to the political and cultural values underpinning Stuart’s lifelong project.
Ruth Borthwick says:

‘I am excited and honoured to be joining the Stuart Hall Foundation at this critical time. There is an impressive set of achievements already in place on which we can build even more projects that are inspired by Stuart Hall’s unique legacy. We want to be a dynamic hub for emerging artists and thinkers to develop and take forward new ideas that challenge and enrich us all.’

Gilane Tawadros, Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation says:

'We are thrilled that Ruth Borthwick will be leading the Stuart Hall Foundation at an exciting stage in its development. Ruth brings a wealth of experience in the arts and charity sectors and is a hugely respected cultural leader who is deeply committed to the political and cultural values that Stuart Hall championed throughout his life.'