The Board of the Scottish Poetry Library has announced the appointment of Asif Khan as the new Director of the Library. He will take up his position in June 2016.
Asif Khan’s professional career has been spent in Bristol and London in audience engagement, business development and marketing roles covering the full breadth of the arts, from public libraries and literature to visual art and performing arts. He led on the national cultural policy for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade commemorative programme in 2007, and in 2014 was invited by the Government of Jamaica to produce a showcase event with their new Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris. In a voluntary capacity, he is a trustee of The Poetry Can and sits on the board of the Bristol Poetry Institute.
Asif Khan said:
It’s a huge honour to follow Robyn Marsack, and her predecessor Tessa Ransford, as the Director of the Scottish Poetry Library. Scottish culture, politics and sport shaped my formative years. I grew up in Dundee and took my degree at the University of Stirling.
I have produced poetry and literature events that have spoken to themes of climate change, belonging, translation and diaspora. From working with many talented poets and appreciative audiences, I believe that the best poetry and spoken word can transform lives and touch what Martin Luther King described as our ‘soul force’ – speaking directly to our common humanity.
Announcing the appointment, Ian Wall, Chair of the Board, said: ‘Asif’s knowledge and experience – Scottish, British and international – will bring a fresh perspective to the work of the Scottish Poetry Library, enabling us to extend and deepen the reach of our work in Scotland and well beyond its borders.’