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Book festival names new director

Nick Barley
Nick Barley previously ran his own publishing company

Nick Barley has been appointed director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Formerly executive director of The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Mr Barley has replaced Catherine Lockerbie who held the post for nine years.

Book festival chairman Susan Rice said the size and quality of the events and the number of visitors and authors had expanded under Ms Lockerbie.

She added: "Nick Barley is the person to move us forward to the next level."

Mr Barley ran his own publishing company, August Publications, before becoming editor of The List in 2003.

He held this post until 2006 when he took over as director of The Lighthouse, Scotland's national centre for architecture and design, where he worked with a range of Scottish authors commissioning writing from Anne Donovan, Laura Marney, Pat Kane, Zoe Strachan, Sheila Puri, Alan Bissett and Louise Welsh.

Whether it's fiction or non-fiction, literary or genre writing, political or cultural criticism, writing is the means by which we explore and reflect on the world we live in
Nick Barley

While at The List, Barley introduced and developed the List Edinburgh Festival Guide and Map, the quarterly contemporary art magazine. He also set up The List Festival Writing Awards in association with the Writer's Guild.

Ms Rice said: "I am absolutely delighted to announce Nick Barley's appointment.

"The Book Festival is pre-eminent among literary festivals around the world. The size and quality of the events, the number of visitors and authors and the extent of public praise all expanded remarkably under Catherine Lockerbie's leadership.

"She leaves a strong legacy. Nick Barley is now just the person to move us forward to the next level altogether - with his literary connections, his experience running arts organisations, his design background and above all his vision for the Book Festival in the future."

'Great honour'

Mr Barley said: "The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a forum for sharing and celebrating ideas.

"Whether it's fiction or non-fiction, literary or genre writing, political or cultural criticism, writing is the means by which we explore and reflect on the world we live in.

"It is a great honour to be asked to lead the Book Festival into a new era and I am very much looking forward to working with the Festival team to shape the 2010 programme and inviting the authors whose ideas are shaping the way we look at the world to discuss these concepts with our Edinburgh audiences."



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