• Connecting with publishers
  • Programming advice
  • Event chairing
  • Pop-up Bookshop

Literature Festival Management

Sarah founded Ryedale Book Festival in 2012. Until the pandemic she led a team of committed volunteers who developed the organisation into a thriving hub for all things book related for their rural community. Supported by Arts Council England the festival organised literary events throughout the year across the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire using various venues and by working in partnership with schools, other organisations and charities.

She knows how difficult it can be to locate the person who is managing the diary for the artist you wish to invite to your festival, especially during those early years. Books Up North can save you valuable planning time by reaching out to the right publicists or agents on your behalf. She may even be able to secure for you the headline writer of your dreams!

Sarah has experience of commissioning new work to be showcased in your Festival’s programme. She produced a collaborative cross-arts performance for Ryedale Book Festival inspired by the migrating geese that flew over the District each Autumn.

Sarah is willing to support your festival in an advisory capacity so you can quiz her about all aspects of literature festival management and she can offer a book sales service at your events  by setting up a pop-up Festival bookshop, ordering the stock and managing the guest author signings. She can chair or host an event with a guest author, train your volunteer team, help you to develop your festival’s brand identity and engage better with your audience.

Please contact Books Up North to find out if she is able to support your festival to achieve its vision.

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