Poet and novelist Dr Kate North, who is the Programme Director for Cardiff Metropolitan University's MA Humanities programmes, has been elected Chair of Literature Wales.
Literature Wales supports writers and their development and works to improve opportunities for people to experience literature throughout Wales. Dr North will be supporting Literature Wales to develop their new five year strategy in consultation with stakeholders across the sector such as Welsh Government and Welsh Books Council.
Dr North is based within the University's Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy (CSESP) and writes poetry and fiction – her latest collection is The Way Out (Parthian, 2018.)
She lectures in Creative Writing and is a long-time supporter of Literature Wales. She is particularly interested in applications of writing practice in healthcare and community environments.
Dr North said: "I'm particularly excited to lead Literature Wales at such an important time. I'm looking forward to building on the successful legacy of outreach and development that Literature Wales is known for."
Christina Thatcher, an Associate Tutor at the University, will also join the Board in January 2019.
Julia Longville, Acting Dean of CSESP, said: "I am delighted that Kate has been elected as Chair of Literature Wales. Kate is a unique and outstanding academic, poet and novelist. We are exceptionally proud of the fact that she has been gifted the opportunity to influence the future development of literature in Wales."