Aly Barr is currently Deputy Director/Head of Operations of The Scottish Poetry Library (SPL). After several years as a touring musician, Aly joined Waterstones as Events and Marketing Manager. Following that, he became a rep for Penguin selling books to bookshops from Dumfries to Thurso, eventually co-founding a new imprint Penguin Scotland. In 2005 he joined the Scottish Arts Council Literature team leading on publishing and translation as well as becoming lead officer for the Scottish Poetry Library. Before joining the SPL, Aly was Creative Scotland’s Acting Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing.