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Michael Morpurgo on a stage in from of an audience seated alongside a facilitator.
Michael Morpurgo, Lincoln Book Festival 2018. Photo: Phil Crow

Book Festival Director (Freelance)

Lincoln Book Festival are seeking a highly creative and entrepreneurial individual with exceptional skills in developing an artistic, innovative and sustainable programme.

Lincoln Book Festival is an annual literary festival organised and managed by the Lincoln Book Festival Companylimited by guarantee. This is a not-for-profit organisation (charitable company) comprised of trustees/directors and committee members, all of them volunteers.

The festival, which has run annually in the city for two decades, is supported each year by generous local businesses, organisations and individuals through sponsorship and in-kind support. Previously specialising in guest talks by acclaimed authors in history writing and historical fiction, in recent years the festival has diversified its offering to appeal to a broader demographic through a greater variety of genres and literary formats.

For the 2024 iteration the Lincoln Book Festival will enter into a partnership agreement with University of Lincoln through Lincoln Arts Centre who will act as a festival hub, and will contract and fund the position of festival director. This partnership is made possible through the University of Lincoln’s successful bid to join Arts Council England’s National Portfolio of Organisations (NPO). Whilst contracted by University of Lincoln the post holder will report directly to the Book Festival Trustees who produce the festival independently and provide oversight of the programme.

We actively celebrate diversity and recognise the contribution diverse perspectives bring in making our world a better place and encourage people from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply:

To express interest in this post please send an accompanying letter detailing how you have responded to the brief, and an outline of your approach to festival curation alongside a CV which should detail your experience and skills to match the table above (no longer than 5 A4 pages), to Ben Anderson on by 12 noon on Wednesday 13 September 2023

For an informal conversation about the post you can contact Ben. (Not available between 28 – 31 August).

Key Dates:

Deadline: 12 Noon Wednesday 13 September 2023 Please include two referees, who are available for a conversation prior to shortlisting conversations.

Shortlisting Conversation: Monday 25 September 2023 We look forward to hearing from you.

Headline Terms:

£8400 (this equates to 28 days at £300 per day for the duration of the contracting period which would be from September 2023 – July 2024). There is also an allocated expenses budget of £600 to support travel.

You will be responsible for your own tax and national insurance liabilities