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Alan Bett is Head of Literature & Publishing at Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. With a remit that includes writer and reader development, publishing and book festivals, Alan has designed and delivered strategic projects looking to diversify the voices engaging with literature in Scotland and led on activities aiming to promote Scottish writers and writing internationally.

With a background in professional publishing, Alan has award-winning experience in arts journalism, alongside editing and criticism, covering the Scottish arts sector and interviewing authors and artists from around the globe for a Scottish readership.

Alan will be chairing the Diversity and Inclusion panel at the Scottish Book Trade Conference 2022.