We are pleased to announce two new charity Trustees, Suresh Ariaratnam and Paul Bradley-Cong, who will both join the Board in January 2021.

Suresh Ariaratnam established the literary agency Sprung Sultan in 2008, a boutique agency that represents BAME authors, including Ted Hughes Award-winning writer Jay Bernard, TS Eliot Prizewinner Roger Robinson and Jhalak Prize winner Johny Pitts. He has a background as both arts editor, journalist and bookseller and also serves on the Boards of Bath Theatre Royal and Bath Festivals.

Suresh brings to Literature Works not only expertise in the structural issues behind racial inequality in the literature sector, but also commercial acumen and sector fundraising skills.

Suresh said:

Paul Bradley-Cong is the founder and director of Out on the Page, a UK-wide LGBTQ writer development project funded by Arts Council England. He is also a published author. He has 20 years’ experience of working in the social action charity sector, including senior management roles at Brandon Trust, Bristol and Turning Point, Manchester. He has served on the board of Men’s Health Forum, London.

Paul brings over 20 years’ expertise in working with marginalised groups and social engagement through culture and entrepreneurship. Paul said:

Literature Works put out an open call for expressions of interest in joining our charity Board, particularly from people with business skills and from under-represented groups. We are ambitious for our Board to reflect the diversity of communities that we work with across South West England.

Heather Norman-Soderlind, Chair of the Board said: