Lockerbie to step down from Edinburgh book festival

<p>After nine years Catherine Lockerbie is to stand down as director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Lockerbie, who is currently on medial leave, intends to move on to an international consultancy role in culture and literature.<br /><br />Lockerbie said: &quot;The Book Festival has been a personal mission of mine, and I have poured every ounce of my energy, passion and thought into what has been an all-consuming role.&nbsp;Following a period of medical leave, I believe this to be a propitious moment to move on to new challenges and opportunities.&quot;<br /><br />Susan Rice, chair of the festival said: &quot;Catherine has taken the Book Festival into the major leagues, expanding the size and quality of its programme, the number of visitors and the praise it earns in the public eye&quot;. She added: &quot;She leaves us in good heart and in good hands and she goes with our gratitude, our pride in what she has achieved and our love.&quot;<br /><br />Lockerbie&#39;s successor has not yet been appointed, but it is hoped that the new director will take up their role in time to shape the 2010 programme. The 2009 Edinburgh International Book Festival 2009, whose guest director is Richard Holloway, will take place from 15th August to 31st August.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>