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Nick Barley

Nick Barley

Nick Barley moved to Scotland in 2003 to become editor of the cultural magazine The List, and he was 2005 PPA Editor of the Year. From 2006-2009 he was director of The Lighthouse – Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, where he commissioned a major Scottish Pavilion by Gareth Hoskins for the Venice Architecture Biennale. Since October 2009 he has been director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Innovations during his directorship include Unbound, a free evening mini-festival of literary performances; the 2012 Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference which took place in 17 cities worldwide; Conversations with Ourselves, a major academic project in partnership with Durham University exploring the role voice hearing in the writing process; and a Fringe First-winning promenade theatre production, Letters Home, co-produced with Grid Iron Theatre Company in 2014. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University and President of the Word Alliance – an international network of the world’s leading literary festivals.