Spread the Word’s Eva Lewin leaves Spread the Word after 14 years to retire


Eva Lewin, Writer Development Manager at Spread the Word will be retiring at the end of May, after 14 years in post. In her work at Spread the Word she has supported London’s writers with their creative practice and careers in her 1-2-1 work, and in her key roles in organisational programmes including commissioning Writing the Future in 2015, a study in Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK marketplace, the development and setup of the London Writers Awards, the Early Career Bursaries and more.  

We are delighted for Eva’s next chapter but will miss her very much.  

Eva says: “Gosh, it’s a shock to be actually leaving Spread the Word. I’ve been very lucky to do this job for all these years and to see the impact of Spread the Word’s work both for individual writers and more broadly in helping to shift the publishing industry into actively seeking out and publishing under-represented writers. I’ve had the privilege of working individually with so many talented writers and of working in a great team of committed, enthusiastic and generous colleagues.  A massive thank you from me and I look forward to seeing what exciting work Spread the Word does next.” 

Ruth Harrison, Spread the Word Director, says: “It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with Eva. Her thoughtfulness, care, commitment to writers shines through in the relationships she has built and the work she has developed to advocate for and make a difference to writers and the wider literature and publishing sectors. On behalf of the many writers she has worked with and the Spread the Word team, I would like to say thank you, and send all our best wishes for her retirement.” 

Simon Richardson and Aimée Felone, Spread the Word Co-Chairs, say: “Spread the Word is immensely grateful to Eva for her contribution to the organisation, and to the many writers she has supported in London since she joined the organisation in 2009. Her considered and thoughtful approach to her development work has supported many writers to make a gear change in their writing and creative practice, with many citing her as a pivotal influence in their writing and career successes. We wish her well in her retirement and new adventures in life.”

Should you wish to send a message to Eva please email [email protected]  


Published 30 May 2023