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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Literary Arts Animateurs

Wigtown Festival Company is looking to commission 4 Literary Arts Animateurs resident in Dumfries and Galloway to assist the Literature Development Officer for the region in nurturing and developing writers in their local area. They will help improve local and regional networks connecting artists and writers, support the creation of high quality text based work and sustain and nurture local individuals, groups and organisations that promote and demonstrate engagement with literary activities.

They will do this by:
• working as part of a team, led by the literature development officer, to identify local need, build local partnerships and run at least 2 literary activities in their geographic area
• communicating with the area arts hub conveners about local literary development needs and priorities
• providing regular news and information for the literature development website (dgwordplace) and associated social media
• supporting local authors to hold book launches
• identifying local, sustainable and good value IT facilities and expertise to pilot the live streaming of literary events across the region from their area
• creating local networking events, including opportunities to watch live streamed literature events from other areas and events linked to Southlight magazine launches
• aiding contribution to, distribution and sales of Southlight magazine
• supporting activities that promote the Scots language and Gaelic in their areas
• attending the regioan’s literature forum meetings to network and provide information about area activities.
Timeframe: 1st July 2014 to 1st January 2015

Criteria for appointing Literary Arts Animateurs
Applicants must have:
• experience of key role(s) in running a writing group in their area of Dumfries and Galloway
• knowledge of and links with local organisations (including libraries) offering venues suitable for literary events
• expertise in organising local and national public events for readers and writers in Dumfries and Galloway
• good communication skills, including IT and social media
• a publishing track record as a writer, publisher or editor
• Knowledge of the local and national bodies that support writers and readers.
Fee: The fee for each of the 4 animatures is £500 (inc. VAT). There is no additional travel or expense budget.

Application by E mail with relevant curriculum vitae by 5.00pm 6th June to:
Anne Barclay Festival Manager, Telephone: 01988 402036

Wigtown Festival Company, County Buildings, Wigtown, DG8 9JH
The successful applicants will be informed by Friday 14th June.

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