Arvon, the UK’s leading creative writing charity, has appointed Andrew Kidd as its new Chief Executive and Artistic Director. Andrew Kidd is the former Publisher of Picador, former Managing Director of Aitken Alexander Associates literary agency, the co-founder of Alexi Books and the co-founder and Chair of the Folio Academy Foundation/Rathbones Folio Prize. Andrew succeeds Ruth Borthwick, who has been the Chief Executive at Arvon for ten years.
Regarding his appointment Andrew Kidd said, “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. 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 ten 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.”