The Lit Platform (TLP) has been awarded £44,800 by Arts Council England to support the launch of its digital magazine, The Lit, as well as a series of writing and publishing initiatives targeted at underrepresented writers.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said:

‘We are extremely pleased to support The Lit Platform through our National Lottery project grants programme. The Lit Platform uses technology to engage new audiences in the South West, particularly regional communities, helping to fulfil our mission of great art and culture for everyone.’

The Lit Platform (formerly known as The Literary Platform) will re-launch in November 2019 with a new look and feel but with the same passion for publishing and storytelling in all its forms.

Outgoing CEO, Sophie Rochester, commented that:

‘For nearly a decade I had the privilege to explore the crossovers between technology, publishing and storytelling with a stellar list of partners and funders, between 2012 – 2016 with a fantastic business partner, Joanna Ellis. I’m absolutely delighted that Anna and this fantastic team will be continuing the work of TLP and look forward to seeing how The Lit evolves.’

Anna Kiernan, co-director of the MA in Creativity at Exeter University and incoming  publisher at TLP, responded by saying:

‘I’m thrilled to be taking over from Sophie and incredibly excited to be working with a fantastic new team of creatives and publishers to create content that addresses challenging issues in compelling ways.’

Design agency Venn Creative will lead on the re-brand with Clare Howdle and Helen Gilchrist at creative content studio Stranger Collective co-directing TLP’s quarterly digital magazine, The Lit. Clare Howdle, Partner at Stranger Collective commented:

‘The world of publishing and storytelling is in such an interesting place right now, it’s exciting to be building on such a strong legacy to create a space where that can be explored, interrogated and celebrated in all its forms. We’ve got great plans for The Lit over the coming months and can’t wait to see where they lead.’

TLP’s newly appointed team and steering committee also includes: Steve Braund (publisher at Atlantic Press Books); David Devanny (digital publisher and poet); Kelsi Farrington (Production Editor at The New Internationalist); Dr Abram Foley, (Lecturer in Literature and the Creative Industries at Exeter University); Phyllida Bluemel (writer and illustrator); Wyl Menmuir (Booker-longlisted novelist); Colin Midson (PR director); Cathy Rentzenbrink (author and books journalist); Vaishnavi Singh (rights and digital strategy, Penguin Random House, India).