Edinburgh was designated the world’s first City of Literature in 2004 thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of the four founding Trustees.

James Boyle

James was also the Trust’s first Chair. He is a former Controller of BBC Radio 4, having spent most of his career with the BBC, Chair of the Scottish Arts Council and Chair of the Scottish Cultural Commission. He is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at the National Library of Scotland.

Jenny Brown

Jenny is one of the UK’s leading literary agents, establishing Jenny Brown Associates in 2002. She was previously Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, presenter of book programmes for Scottish Television, and founder Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (of which she is now a Board member). She is also a former Committee member of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

Lorraine Fannin

Lorraine was Director of the Scottish Publishers Association and CEO of its successor organisation, Publishing Scotland from 1987 to 2008. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland and a former member of the British Council Publishers Advisory Committee, the Publishing Qualifications Board and the Institute of Publishing Advisory Board. She is a Consultant and Guest Lecturer for the Scottish Centre for the Book at Edinburgh Napier University.

Catherine Lockerbie

Catherine was Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2000 until 2009, having formerly been Literary Editor at The Scotsman. She has a wealth of experience in the cultural and literary sectors, has chaired award committees and has judged many literary prizes, including the Whitbread Awards and the Orange Prize.

Current Board of Trustees

Regus Professor Greg Walker (Chair)
Vineet Lal
James McVeigh
Lois Wolffe
Rachel McCrum
Francis Bickmore
Rob Conner


Lord Provost Donald Wilson
Martina McChrystal
Lloyd Anderson

Advisory (Funders):

Lisa Kapur


Ali Bowden
Siân Bevan
Rebecca Raeburn

Company Secretary:

Suzanne Davidson

The Trust offers its grateful thanks to our former Trustees:
Julia Armour, Jackie Brock, Colin Browne, Mary Campbell – former Chair, Stuart Cosgrove, Sandy Crombie – former Chair, Roy Cross, Karen Cunningham, Tom Devine, Paul Docherty, Rt. Hon. George Grubb, Lord Provost, Lesley Hinds, Marc Lambert, Liz McGettigan, Iain McKay, Paul McKenna, Matthew Perren, Ali Smith and Martyn Wade, OBE.