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Barley, Nick

Nick Barley

Elected: 2018

Nick Barley has been director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival since October 2009. Innovations during his directorship include Unbound, a free evening mini-festival of literary performances; the 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference, which took place in seventeen cities worldwide; and a Fringe First-winning promenade theatre production, Letters Home, co-produced with Grid Iron Theatre Company in 2014. Nick was chair of the judging panel for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and is President of the Word Alliance, an international network of the world’s leading literary festivals.

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