Ursula is a member of Reprieve’s Board of Trustees.
Ursula Owen has been an influential figure in the worlds of literature and free expression since the 1970s. She was a founder director of Virago Press, was for two years Cultural Policy Advisor to the Labour Party, and, as Editor and Chief Executive, revitalised Index on Censorship. From 2003 to 2009 Ursula was Project Director for the Free Word Centre, taking it through from an idea to a concrete reality with premises in London. She is now Founder Trustee of Free Word She is on the board of the Southbank Centre, Vice President of the Hay Festival, a Trustee of English Touring Opera, Carcanet Press and World Film Collective. She lives in London.