Jobs at the Book Festival

Audience Development Officer (Maternity Cover)

1 May 2018 - 7 September 2019 (16 months)
20 hours per week (hours/days to be agreed)
Salary: £21,500 per annum (pro rata) plus 5% pension

This is an exciting role for a creative and motivated individual to contribute to the continuing growth of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Audience Development Officer will get involved in many of the different aspects of marketing a Festival, however the specific focus of the post is to identify opportunities for broadening and increasing audiences to meet the long-term strategic aims of the Book Festival.

The successful candidate will have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a live event-based marketing role, with the skills to plan and implement campaigns, along with a solid understanding of how research and customer data can be used to inform audience development strategies.

Closing date: Wednesday 21 March, 5pm
Interview date: Thursday 29 March

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Booksales Administrator 2018

Fixed term contract 7 May – 14 September 2018, full time
5 days a week (Mon – Fri) increasing to 6 days a week during the Festival
Rate of pay: £66 per day outside of Festival. £75 per day during the Festival (11 – 28 August), paid weekly in arrears by bank transfer (plus holiday pay)
We are looking for an enthusiastic administrator with fantastic attention to detail to play an integral role in our Booksales operation for the 2018 Edinburgh International Book Festival. Reporting directly to our Head of Booksales & Retail, the successful candidate will have a flexible, can-do attitude and the ability to work to deadlines in a fast-moving and demanding environment. 
Closing date: Monday 26 March, 12 noon
Interview date: Wednesday 4 April


Catering Tender

An exciting opportunity has arisen to provide public catering and author and industry hospitality services at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

We are seeking a vibrant, creative and well-resourced local company (or companies) with substantial experience of retail catering to work closely with the Book Festival team to ensure a high quality experience for our audience and participants.

There are several opportunities which are offered either in their entirety or as separate packages.

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 4 April 2018

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the opportunities in more detail, please contact Sophie Moxon, Executive Director on 0131 718 5643 or


Information about temporary Festival staff recruitment

We employ over one hundred dedicated and enthusiastic temporary staff each year including short-term staff during August and longer term staff from April/May to September. We expect hard work, commitment, an interest in the arts and a positive, enthusiastic attitude. In return you get a fantastic learning experience that is loads of fun and the opportunity to make valuable contacts. Additional perks include discounted books and access to some of the world's greatest author events. Because of the huge number of applications we receive, and the relative shortness of the contracts, relevant experience is a must.

Please be aware that:

  • We are unable to contribute to accommodation, living and travel expenses.
  • We do not appoint without interview.
  • All candidates will be asked to show evidence of their eligibility to work in the UK if selected for interview.
  • We do not accept speculative applications for positions which are not listed on this page.
  • We do not offer work experience, internships or volunteering opportunities.
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