Rose Fenton appointed Free Word director

Rose Fenton appointed Free Word director

Free Word has appointed Rose Fenton as director of the organisation, with her first day to be 12th September.

The Free Word Centre in London is a house of literature, literacy and free expression, hosting debates, readings and conferences. Ten organisations are resident at Free Word, including the eight founder members, Apples & Snakes; Arvon; Article 19, Booktrust, English PEN, Index on Censorship, the Reading Agency and the Literary Consultancy.

Chair of Free Word Prue Skene said: "We are delighted that Rose Fenton has agreed to be director of Free Word. It is wonderful that someone of her calibre will be taking the organisation into its next phase of development, working with the founder members on a range of strategic commissions, widening Free Word's national and international role and ensuring a strong presence online."

Fenton said: "I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed director of Free Word. It is an organisation with huge potential whose vision and values are very much at the heart of why I work in the arts."

Fenton was one of the founders of the London International Festival of Theatre, a biennial event in London.

Until Fenton takes up her appointment, Free Word is being managed by Stephen Escritt, interim director, and Rachel Buchanan, general manager.