We are looking for enthusiastic, customer focused individuals to work in our festival bookshops in Charlotte Square Gardens and George Street. These roles are suitable for candidates with proven track record of maintaining a high level of customer service within a high-pressure retail environment. Previous bookselling experience would be an advantage. These contracts run either 29 July – 1 September 2019 or 5 August – 1 September 2019.
We are looking for enthusiastic and confident individuals with outstanding customer service and communication skills. Our Authors’ Yurt provides a private space for authors to meet fellow participants, relax and prepare for their events. Hospitality staff are responsible for ensuring that authors receive a warm welcome, and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and efficient service during their stay in Edinburgh. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the start of the contract.
Perfect for those with an interest in children’s literature and event organisation, this role involves ensuring our Imagination Lab venue is set up for all events and that all materials are in place (alongside the Venue Manager who takes care of all technical aspects.) The Facilitator will meet and greet authors and make sure they have everything they need for their event, as well as introducing some events. The role involves working flexibly, often to a tight timescale.
Perfect for those with an interest in arts education and childcare, the role involves preparing and delivering engaging and interactive activities on a variety of literary-related topics, as well as working with outside organisations to support their activities in the venue.
We are recruiting a Programme Logistics Assistant to support the preparation and delivery of the Book Festival’s programme in August. Perfect for those with an interest in arts and literature, the role combines assisting in event and venue set-up, preparation of event materials and working flexibly, often to a tight timescale. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the start of the contract.
We are looking for an individual with great communication skills and a calm, flexible and positive attitude. Our Authors’ Yurt provides a private space for authors to meet fellow participants, relax and prepare for their events. The Authors’ Yurt Managers work on a shift basis to ensure the Yurt is presentable and secure at all times, managing a team of Author Hospitality staff, handling author queries and complaints and liaising with the Programme Team to ensure efficient delivery of the Festival.
We are seeking enthusiastic and dedicated Front of House Assistants for this year's Festival. Front of House Assistants play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth running of events on site and the safety and comfort of all visitors. With over 200,000 visitors annually, effective care of our audience is vital to the success of the Festival. Applicants must be at least 18yrs old at the start of the contract. Previous customer facing experience and high standards of presentation, commitment and responsibility are required, as well as attention to detail and ability to problem-solve under pressure.
The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997.
Throughout its history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In its first year the Book Festival played host to just 30 'Meet the Author' events. Today, the Festival programmes over 700 events, which are enjoyed by people of all ages.