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Edinburgh International Book Festival appoints director

14th October 2009

The Edinburgh International Book Festival has named Nick Barley as its new director.

Most recently the executive director of Glasgow's The Lighthouse, Mr Barley will replace Catherine Lockerbie, who left the position at the end of August after a nine-year tenure.

Susan Rice, chairman of the festival, said that the new director is 'just the person' to take the event to the next level and will head up one of the strongest teams that the organisation has ever employed.

Mr Barley added that he considers it a 'great honour' to be asked to lead the festival and said that he is looking forward to shaping the event's 2010 programme.

'The Edinburgh International Book Festival is a forum for sharing and celebrating ideas. Writing is the means by which we explore and reflect on the world we live in,' he commented.

In addition to being The Lighthouse's director, where he commissioned such authors as Anne Donovan, Louise Welsh and Alan Bissett, Mr Barley has been the editor of The List and established The List Festival Writing Awards with the Writers' Guild.

The 2009 Edinburgh International Book Festival featured appearances by a host of notable authors, including Margaret Atwood, Melvyn Bragg, Richard Dawkins and Will Self.

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