JOB: Creative Producer / Festival Director

We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and hard-working individual to join our small team as Creative Producer / Festival Director, working on our Festival & Events programme.

The successful applicant will need to be a voracious reader, and passionate about creating events where writers are celebrated. We pride ourselves on our events being rooted in the West Midlands region, so some familiarity of the area is desirable.

We welcome potential applicants to attend events at the Birmingham Literature Festival (3-13 October) to get a feel for the nature of our creative work.

Hours: 3 days/week (hours are flexible including some evenings and weekends – time off in lieu will be given)
Office Base: Birmingham, UK
Salary: £28 – £30,000 pro rata dependent on experience
Start Date: (ideally) Late November 2019

Deadline for applications: Thursday 17 October, 5pm

Download the job pack and person specification:

Writing West Midlands Creative Producer-Festival Director Job Pack Sept 19


Context for the role:

Writing West Midlands is the literature development agency for the West Midlands region of England. We support the writing industry regionally and nationally by offering training and development opportunities for adult writers, by encouraging children and young people to engage with creative writing and by running public literature events. We are a partner in a long-term Creative Europe project.

We run the annual Birmingham Literature Festival, the Room 204 Writer Development Scheme, the National Writers’ Conference and twenty Spark Young Writers groups, as well as many additional projects. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and part of a national network of literature development agencies.

Our Festivals & Events programme includes the Birmingham Literature Festival and year-round events and activities. This work is undertaken to fulfil our mission to encourage creative writing and creative writers in the region by supporting talent, art-form, audience and market development, engaging with young people and promoting regional, national and international development of creative writing.

The Birmingham Literature Festival is one of Writing West Midlands’ key projects. Through over twenty iterations since 1999, it has become a festival that provides spaces for writers, performers, readers and audiences to share great writing and challenging ideas. It listens intently to the city and the region and brings voices from across the country and beyond to create a celebration of contemporary literature.


How to Apply:

Please send by e-mail a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position and a CV in the first instance, to:

Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive




Deadline for applications: Thursday 17 October, 5pm

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Tuesday 22nd October 2019 by email.

First interview in Birmingham: Thursday 31st October 2019.

If a second interview is required, this will take place on Thursday 7th November 2019.


Although it is not a requirement, we encourage anyone considering applying to attend some of this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival: 3-13 October.


We would be obliged if all applicants completed our equality monitoring form. This will not form part of the selection process but will provide us with useful data.