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Ex-Lighthouse chief to head Edinburgh Book Festival

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The former executive director of the collapsed Lighthouse in Glasgow has been appointed director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Nick Barley, who has been at the Scottish national centre for architecture and design for three years, previously ran his own publishing company and replaces Catherine Lockerbie who held the post for nine years.

The Lighthouse went into administration last month in a move that was blamed on a lack of income from commercial activities. Negotiations to keep the centre open are ongoing.

Barley said: ‘It is a great honour to be asked to lead the Book Festival into a new era. I am very much looking forward to working with the Festival team to shape the 2010 programme and inviting the authors whose ideas are shaping the way we look at the world to discuss these concepts with our Edinburgh audiences.’

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  • Nick Barley can be held largely responsible for the failure of The Lighthouse which suffered from a lack of firm and fair leadership throughout his tenure as Director. If Barley had proceeded with less arrogance and more humility, I think you will find many people who would agree that The Lighthouse would not now be in facing the crisis it does.

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