The Edinburgh Book Festival has announced that Tamara Zimet has been appointed as the Book Festival’s new Deputy Programme Director. Tamara was previously Associate Director at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Australia and more recently the founding director of Broadside, a much-praised festival of feminist ideas based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne with speakers including Monica Lewinsky to Zadie Smith.
Book Festival Director Nick Barley, 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.”
Relocating to Edinburgh later this month, Tamara takes up her role at the Book Festival on 30 March 2020, commenting:
“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.”