Tamara Zimet is joining the Edinburgh International Book Festival as deputy programme director.
Zimet was previously associate director at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Australia and more recently the founder director of Broadside, a festival of feminist ideas based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. Zimet is relocating to Edinburgh this month and will take up her role at the book festival on 30th March.
Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “We were overwhelmed by the quality and international reach of the applications for this key festival role. Among that high calibre group, Tamara’s track record was simply outstanding. She joins an organisation that has surfed a wave of sustained success in recent years, and in these turbulent times for global politics and society I’m confident she will offer a valuable new perspective. I have no doubt Tamara will be an important new voice in the British literary scene.”
Zimet added: “I’ve always been a reader above all else. In trying times, so many of us look to books for answers and questions about how we could be. I am so delighted to join a festival that understands and celebrates the power and importance of words – we need this now more than ever before. I am thrilled to be coming to Edinburgh, and to get to know the writers in and outside of the UK that have made up my reading life. I can’t wait to join Nick and the team.”
The new hire comes after associate director Roland Gulliver stepped down from the post in February 2020 after 13 years with the festival to become director of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
The 2020 Edinburgh International Book Festival runs from 15th to 31st August and the programme will be announced in June.