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Festival awarded grant by BTBS

Monday 9th November 2015

A generous grant from The Matthew Hodder Fund of The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) has enabled the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival to offer an internship to a young person keen to gain some experience of working in the book business.

The charity, which has celebrated 175 years supporting the book trade, was originally established to help those in need but a recent link up with The Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust means it can now offer support to those looking for a career in the publishing business and associated organisations.

‘As the Festival grows, the amount of administration grows exponentially, but we have only a very small budget to employ staff,’ says director Annie Ashworth. ‘This extremely generous grant enables us not only to engage some support, but also gives a young person first hand experience of running a literary festival, and a peek inside the world of authors and publishers. It is ideal for someone who would like to work around books and publishing, and who is perhaps on a gap year or has finished their degree. ’

The short term, part time internship will run from January until the Festival ends on 1st May and will include working on events in schools. Full details can be found on the Festival’s website and interested applicants are invited to email with their CV and covering letter.

The charity is also supporting the Festival’s unique ‘My Author Project’ in schools, details of which will be released in the new year.

David Hicks, CEO of the Charity, says: ‘We are keen to promote reading and books to younger people, and to promote careers in the book trade; the internship is such an exciting opportunity and we are delighted to be able to support both these projects.’


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