The Buxton International Festival (BIF), a registered charity, runs a major Book Festival as part of its annual offering of an internationally recognised Festival of Opera, Music, and Books. The Book Festival celebrates the written word, literature and ideas; bringing together authors from all over the United Kingdom to take part in public events in the town of Buxton together with debates and other events in partnership with the British Academy, Waterstones and The Oldie.. There is a strong strand of debate and discussion events on a range of, ethical, cultural, historical and political as well as literary issues.
The BIF Book Festival Organiser is responsible for the development and delivery of the 40thAnniversary BIF Book Festival and has overall responsibility for all aspects from concept, development and content creation to delivery and evaluation. They will work closely with the Executive Director to meet set targets for audience development, ticket sales, income and expenditure. The overall vision and shape of the Book Festival is developed by the Organiser working with the Chief Executive Outreach and Audience Development officer and Artistic Administrator, supported by two interns and other volunteers to research, organise and deliver around 50 events across the 17 day Festival. The successful candidate will manage the following aspects:
In addition to the overall planning, the Book Organiser is responsible for delivering all aspects of a significant number of the Festival programme events and will be expected to work some evenings and weekends during the Festival. This contract will require a phased and managed approach to time across the year, with intense periods during and in the run up to the Festival. The Festival offices are based in Buxton, however, we will accept applications from candidates who wish to work remotely.