International Literature Showcase Festival Forum: Festival Communities

International Literature Showcase Festival Forum: Festival Communities

16 Mar 2017, 13:00 - 14:00

High Street Theatre


Part of the International Literature Showcase Festival Forum.

Literature festivals are part of many communities - authors, publishers, audiences, funders and media partners all contribute to the ecosystems that literary festivals create. 

As much as a festival’s programme is important, it is the alchemy of the particular audiences, writers and literature professionals it brings together – and the space created for them - which determines its personality, and ultimately its success. What does the idea of ‘community’ mean for literature festivals? Does it stop at education and outreach, or can the notion of a ‘temporary community’ be built to encompass both local and international, public and professional, for the benefit of all?

Join us to talk about how our various communities enrich and make every festival unique. Featuring Nick Barley (Edinburgh International Book Festival), Adrian Turpin (Wigtown) and more.



  • Syima Aslam


    Managing Director And Artistic Director

    Bradford Literature Festival

    Syima Aslam is MD & Artistic Director of the Bradford Literature Festival which curate’s literatures from around the world across all genres, and...

  • Nick Barley



    Edinburgh International Book Festival

    Nick Barley is chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2017 and Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He moved to Scotland in...

  • Adrian Turpin


    Artistic Director


  • Arifa Akbar



    Arifa Akbar is a journalist, critic and columnist, and the former literary editor of The Independent where she worked from 2001 until April 2016, as...


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