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Guildford Book Festival Trustees

Please note this is an unpaid role.

Formed in 1989, the annual Guildford Book Festival has a mission to Open Books and Inspire Minds by celebrating the best writing, encouraging new authors, and sharing a love of literature through reading and writing. We have a wide and varied audience across Guildford and the South East and aim to be affordable and accessible to all.

Guildford Book Festival delivers a growing outreach programme, with our local schools programme visiting 5000 students this year. We are actively seeking two Trustees to join the Board and help us engage larger audiences, with more authors, in ways which strengthen both the long-term financial security and the impact of the festival. We would like one to act as our Honorary Secretary.

Ideally, the candidates would have experience in one or more of the following:

·       publishing and the literary world

·       fundraising

·       promotional communication using social media

We are a friendly and flexible team of 10, working with the Festival Director. We both collaborate and take individual responsibility to make things happen. We share ideas and challenge each other to achieve the best results for GBF.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive board of Trustees that reflects the community we serve. We particularly welcome applications from younger people and/or those representing a protected characteristic. Mentoring support can be provided.

Applicants need to be available to meet monthly on a Monday morning for 2 hours in central Guildford.

Please apply by email to with a short overview of your relevant experience by midnight on 5th July.

In advance of the deadline, for any questions about the role, please email and we will arrange an informal chat.

For information about the role and duties of a charity Trustee please read:


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