Festival Coordinator, Essex Book Festival


Essex Book Festival takes place every March. It is the only festival of its kind to take place over a one-month period hosted by forty venues across one of the UK’s largest and most diverse counties. The festival is an independent charity based within the Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Essex. It collaborates with a wide range of local, regional, national and international organisations to fulfil its objectives. Essex Book Festival has grown exponentially over the last five years in terms of its audience reach and the breadth of its programming. Its key aims are to explore innovative ways of igniting people’s passion for the ‘book’ in all its forms; to nurture and showcase writers and artists at all levels of their careers; to push the boundaries; and finally, to create a meaningful legacy for Essex.

The Role

As part of the small team that runs the festival year-round, the Festival Coordinator will work closely with the Festival Director to ensure that all elements of the festival are in place on time and within budget. The role is varied with a focus on logistics and delivery. Freelance 1-Year Contract. Based on 3 days per week with seasonal adjustment related to the festival period, i.e. 4 days per week October-March, 2 days per week April-September

Key responsibilities include:

– Event management, i.e. liaising with writers/artists, publishers, venues, ticket sellers and partners 
– Managing all marketing activity, i.e. print media, website, and social media
– Budget management and funding reports
– Recruiting and managing volunteers 
– Festival evaluation

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To apply please send a CV, details of two referees and a cover letter (no more than two pages) to with FESTIVAL COORDINATOR in the subject line. Please outline why you are applying for the role, what you hope to gain from it and ensure you cover all the essential qualities as listed above.