Arvon has appointed Jeremy Treglown as its new Chair.
Chief Executive of Arvon, Ruth Borthwick said: “Arvon has a wonderful new Chair in Jeremy Treglown, who is a legendary figure in the world of literature. Not only is Jeremy a successful author and editor, but he also understands the power of writing to transform people’s lives and believes, as we at Arvon do, that everyone should have the opportunity to develop their imagination through writing. We are looking forward to what we can achieve together to benefit writers everywhere.”
Jeremy Treglown said: “Arvon is like an ever more effective bunch of photovoltaic panels helping transform talent into creative energy. Busy open-access regional residential writing centres, thriving programmes to reach young people and adults from marginalised groups, expanding online activities, and still more to come in its 50th birthday year! At a dark historical moment when imagination is so much needed and yet so undervalued, I’m thrilled to join this light-harnessing creative enterprise.”
Arvon celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018 as ‘the home of creative writing’. The charity runs residential creative writing courses and retreats across a wide range of genres, from writing houses in Shropshire, Devon and Yorkshire. About a third of the residential weeks are with schools, young people and community groups. Visiting tutors at Arvon throughout 2017 have included Mark Haddon, Ray Davies, Jessica Swale, Simon Armitage, Sarah Howe and Neel Mukherjee.
Jeremy Treglown biography
Jeremy Treglown is a biographer and a former editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He founded and for many years chaired the Warwick Writing Programme, with David Morley as Director. He has also chaired literary prize committees including Booker, Whitbread (now Costa) and Encore. His latest book is Franco’s Crypt: Spanish Culture and Memory Since 1936.