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Edinburgh International Book Festival: Board of Trustees

Apply by 4pm on Friday 9th June to be considered for the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Board of Trustees.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is looking for several new members to join the Book Festival’s Board of Trustees. We are seeking to appoint trustees with specific skills, experience, and interest in any of the following areas including:

  • Bookselling
  • Marketing
  • Writing and/or Illustration for Adult and/or Children’s Literature
  • Publishing – Scottish, UK and international
  • Sustainability/Climate
  • Scots, Gaelic and other indigenous languages
  • Fundraising/Commercial


Download role description for Members of the Board here: charity-trustee-role-description-2023-edinburgh-international-book-festival.6461fffc62b32.pdf (



  • Meetings with prospective trustees will be held at the Book Festival offices, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN on Monday 19 June and the afternoon of Wednesday 21 June. (Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend on one of those dates.)
  • Board meetings take place five times per year. Meetings are held in central Edinburgh and take place during the day.
  • Trustees are appointed for a term of 5 years initially, with the option to stand for re-election for an additional 3-year period.
  • This is a voluntary position, but reasonable expenses incurred in attending meetings (including costs of childcare) and other Festival related activities will be paid.
  • We are keen the board of Trustees at the Edinburgh International Book Festival represents a range of experiences and perspectives. With that in mind we welcome applicants from all backgrounds. This includes but isn’t limited to those who have experienced racism, are disabled, or identify as neurodivergent, are trans, non-binary and/or queer, and people from working class/lower socio-economic backgrounds. We also actively encourage applications from Young Professionals in the early stages of their careers (aged 21-35) who are keen to build practical, hands-on strategic leadership experience.
  • Successful applicants will be asked to complete a short (half day) induction and will have an opportunity to shadow existing Trustees as board observers before joining the board as a full member.
  • For any questions, please contact Kate Seiler, External Affairs Manager by emailing:


To find out more and apply, visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.