Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival
Nick Barley worked in London as a publisher and editor of arts books and magazines throughout the 1990s. The magazines under his stewardship included Blueprint (for architects and designers) and he was responsible for the launch of Tate, the art magazine in 1992. Nick moved to Scotland to become editor of the cultural magazine The List in 2003, and he was winner of the PPA Editor of the Year Award in 2005.
Since October 2009 he has been director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which takes place each August. Under his direction the Book Festival has launched a series of innovations including Unbound, a free mini-festival of literary performances, the Anobii First Book Award, the 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference and the Word Alliance, a network of eight of the world’s leading literature festivals.
He is also a visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University and in 2012 he was a judge of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
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