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Beverley Literature Festival Director 2012
Deadline: Fri 13 Apr 2012
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) seeks the services of an experienced, freelance, literature festival director

The Beverley Literature Festival is now in its tenth year.  It has built an enviable reputation for putting on high quality literary events for audiences of all ages and interests. Previous authors have ranged from Jonathan Franzen, Sharon Olds and Frank McCourt to Margaret Drabble, Will Self and Sebastian Barry. Their praise and support for the festival has been essential to our success:

There’s a Literary Festival on every street corner now. But only a handful have genuine character. The Beverley Literature Festival is one of those. Eccentric, passionate, surprising – it retains the intimacy of reading itself. And if literary Festival are not about reading, they are not about anything. Howard Jacobson

Since its inception in 2002, the festival has taken place over ten days and programmed around 50 events comprised of readings, performances, creative writing workshops, readers group sessions, interviews and lectures. Last year the festival attracted and audience of 2950.

For the first time, in 2012, we will experiment with a shorter, 4 day version of the festival. You will be expected to programme two strands for the festival: a children’s programme consisting of a minimum of 10 events, two of which should be in schools; and an adult programme of no fewer than 10 events between 11 – 14th October 2012.

The Director’s contract consists of 30 days work, which is likely to be comprised of 24 days of programming and preparation and 6 days delivery and evaluation over (and after) the long weekend of 11,12,13,14, October.

The candidate (s) will need to be able to start work on Monday 14th May and be available for an initial meeting in the week beginning7th May.

If you would like to apply for the freelance contract of Festival Director, please send a CV and covering letter setting out in no more than 1000 words your suitability for the post. We will consider a job share and group application.

Closing date for expressions of interest -  Friday 13th April 2012. Please send to

Job Specification

  • Produce a balanced programme of events appropriate to target audiences and budget;

  • programme two strands for the festival: a children’s programme consisting of 10 events over the 13, 14 October; and an adult programme of no fewer than 12 events during the festival period 11-14 October;

  • contact and build relationships with publishers and authors appropriate to target audience;

  • liaise with ERYC, Beverley Library and Treasure House staff to facilitate smooth successful running of events;

  • produce written and visual content for web, print and social media, and design publicity and programme material material;

  • manage marketing campaign and PR across all media, in strict collaboration with ERYC Press Office;

  • manage delivery of events with the help of volunteer team;

  • maintain regular contact with ERYC line manager;

  • read and prepare for hosting of events and artistic/ educational interpretation;

  • manage well-being of freelance artists and writers during and after events;

  • capture feedback and produce evaluation report;

  • manage festival logistics e.g. working with our festival book seller Blackwell to ensure that all books are available, and managing transport and accommodation where necessary for authors and artists;

  • manage ticket sales on the day, floats and cashing up after events;

  • to think around all aspects of event programming, planning and delivery to ensure a successful festival;

  • be present in Beverley throughout the duration of the festival.

Person Specification


  • Previous experience of curating and delivering a high-quality programme of literary events;

  • experience of working with publishers to find authors for event and managing relationships with authors and publisher’s PR agents;

  • experience of arts marketing and PR;

  • a wide and good knowledge of contemporary literature and love of reading;

  • the ability to conduct interviews on stage and provide introductions for visiting authors;

  • proven, professional, arts-project management skills;

  • ability to liaise with a range of organisations and stakeholders;

  • excellent oral and written communications skills;

  • ability to produce copy for printed programme and website and to collaborate with designers to produce successful print on budget and in time for mail-out;

  • ability to be self motivated and work as part of a team;

  • experience of programming and delivering events;

  • ability to plan budget for approval by ERYC line manager


  • experience of working within a local government context

Schedule of Payment

Payment of first half of fee on completion of programming

Payment of remaining fee plus expense on completion of festival

Outline budget for Festival subject to final confirmation

Director’s Fee £6000 (30 days @ £200/ day inclusive of expenses)

Author Fees £5400 (including children’s festival fees)

Accommodation and Travel for authors £2000

Venue Hire £600

Postage/ Print Distribution £1000

Print, Design and Marketing £3000

Total: £18000 

Additional Information:

Contact Information:
Beverley Literature Festival 2012
Contact Name:
Libby Herbert
Contact Email:
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