Interns for Wigtown Book Festival

August 11, 2011

A fantastic opportunity to work with our pals at the Wigtown Book Festival:

In the past 12 years, Wigtown Book Festival has blossomed into one of the most vibrant literary events in Britain.  A registered charity, the Festival showcases writers old and new and reaches more than 2,000 children a year.  It also contributes to the economy and national profile of Dumfries and Galloway.

For more information about the Book Festival go to:

We are looking for two interns to help the Festival increase its appeal to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. The successful interns will gain experience in how a book festival is run and promoted. You will develop skills in events management, as well as interviewing and editorial in a multi-media context. You will be mentored by a professional team; a journalist, the literature development officer, the Wigtown Festival Company Director and the Wigtown Festival Company manager.

This is an unpaid role offering journalist experience at a high level that will suit a young person interested in a career in broadcast, journalism or radio production. You will be expected to write a short evaluation report at the end of the internship

Full-time from Wednesday 21st September to Wednesday 5th October

Travel, expenses and accommodation in or near Wigtown will be provided.

Intern duties (2 posts)

The kind of projects / tasks you will undertake include:

  • Providing clear, simple to read content with the ability to speak directly to young people (14 to 25 years)
  • Interviewing visitors and volunteers at the Book Festival
  • Interviewing authors
  • Assisting the literature development officer with producing Wigtown Ink newsletters and events
  • Website: building a young readership by updating content, stories and events
  • Contributing to our multimedia presence e.g.  GLOW, other web sites, facebook, YouTube, local radio
  • Other events – helping out where required
  • Liaising and responding to requests from national media

Skills required:        

  • Research;
  • Following Editorial Guidelines;
  • High-level oral and written communication skills;
  • Good time keeping – ability to meet deadlines a must;
  • Flexibility and initiative;
  • Good team member.

Education Level

At least: A – Level / Scottish Highers / BTEC or NVQ equivalent

Access / Foundation Course or Apprenticeship

Application: a letter, no more than one side of A4, outlining why you want this opportunity, and an attached short CV.

Closing date and time for application: 5.00pm Friday 19th August.

There will be an interview for those short-listed so please indicate how to contact you quickly by e mail or phone.

Carolyn Yates
Literature Development Officer, Wigtown Book Festival
Dumfries and Galloway Arts
The Midsteeple, High Street

Tel:  01387 253383  Fax:  01387 253303
Mobile number: 07833477728

Registered in Scotland No: 127838  Charity No SCO08593

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