Following Lara Sindelar’s departure, Dr. Elizabeth Ford will be joining us as our new Managing Director.
Elizabeth hails from Charleston, West Virginia, USA. She came to Glasgow in 2011 to study for a PhD in Scottish music from the University of Glasgow; it was awarded in 2016. Today, she is a cultural historian of music in Scotland, and spends much of her life both researching and playing historic flutes. In fact, her book on the history of the flute in Scotland will be published by Peter Lang Press (not by Ringwood sadly) by the end of the year.
In her spare time, she reads widely and plentifully. She is a self-confessed bibliophile (we tested her rigorously prior to her appointment and, you’ll be happy to hear, she passed our assessments with flying colours!) Some of her all-time favourites include T.H. White’s The Once and Future King, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (who is perhaps unsurprisingly her favourite Brontë), and Margaret Fay Shaw’s autobiographical love letter to Gaelic culture and music, From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides.
Elizabeth’s career in the book industry began as a bookseller at Taylor Books in Charleston, WV. She was there at the store’s opening as a young teenager and decided then that she wanted to work there someday and her wish became a reality in 2002. She worked there for two summers.
Her love affair with bookstores continues to this day. Although she doesn’t play favourites, if you pressed her for an answer, she’d have to admit a particular fondness for bookstore in Lewisburg, WV, Blackwell’s in Edinburgh, Toppings & Co. in St. Andrews (free tea!), and Sauchiehall Street’s Waterstones (winebar!) One day, she hopes to open her own bookstore and small press in West Virginia.
Elizabeth will be managing Ringwood remotely, from Charleston, WV, where she has had to return to apply for a different visa at the insistence of the British government. Although she may not be physically present, we have every confidence that, with our strong team of interns, this will work.
We hope you will join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Ford. We can’t wait to see where she will take us; we hope that you, as ever, will come along for the ride.