Lincoln Book Festival Trust
The Lincoln Book Festival is organised and managed by the Lincoln Book Festival Trust. The Trust is a not-for-profit organisation comprised of trustees and committee members, all of them volunteers. The Festival is supported each year by generous local businesses, organisations and individuals through sponsorship and in-kind support.
Lincoln Book Festival is committed to honouring the rich heritage of the city of Lincoln by delivering a literary festival “with history at its heart” that appeals to audiences of all ages. Each year the festival aims to offer a varied and interesting programme under different theme or topic. Events span a vast range of historical periods and places, from Britain’s Roman settlers to modern social history, and from our own shores to far flung corners of the world.
Lincoln Book Festival tickets are booked via the Lincoln Drill Hall Box Office at the venue on Free School Lane, by phone on 01522 873894 or online via www.lincolndrillhall.com . The 2017 Festival programme and ticket prices are published in early summer.
Phil Hamlyn Williams – Chairman
Phil Hamlyn Williams is an author currently working on two books about WW2. He also writes a blog and articles on a variety of subjects. He is chair of trustees at Lincoln Drill Hall and was Chapter Clerk and Chief Executive of Lincoln Cathedral following a career in the accounting profession and not for profit sector.
Jill Hughes – Trustee
Jill returned to her Lincolnshire roots 15 years ago and lives in a 16th century cottage full of books and antique weapons! She runs a literary agency specialising in translation rights and is also involved with St John Ambulance, Lincolnshire ESU and is a trustee of the Orders of St John Care Trust.
Matt Corrigan – Trustee
Matt became City Centre Manager for Lincoln in the mid 1990s and has been twice shortlisted for Town Centre Manager of the Year. He initiated the creation of one of the first the Business Improvement District in the UK in Lincoln, through the creation of Lincoln BIG, and became its Chief Executive in 2005. Matt has served as an elected Director of the Association of Town Centre Management and regional Chairman of ATCM in the East Midlands
Gary Phillips – Trustee
Gary is a practising solicitor and public notary and a partner with Sills & Betteridge in Lincoln. He researches in legal history and collects antiquarian law books. Gary’s interests have taken him far and wide from the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia to the dusty back corners of far too many second hand book shops. He is a member of the Private Libraries Association, the Selden Society (legal history) and both the Lincoln Record Society and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.
Jane Duncan – Trustee
Jane has lived in Lincoln for 13years. She spent many years working in London for the Government’s Housing Regulator and is a retired CEO. Jane is a Board Member for two housing organisations, one working nationally from its base in York and the other in Lincoln. She is also a national presenter of dance events on behalf of the Exercise Movement and Dance Partnership.
Carol Bennett – Committee Member
Carol Bennett was born in New York City, where she studied history of art and architecture at Columbia University. She moved to England on her marriage to Nicholas Bennett (later Lincoln Cathedral Librarian, recently retired). She is Education Officer at Lincoln Cathedral, where she organises lectures, study days and concerts, and writes educational texts and interpretation for the cathedral.
Ian Snowley – Committee Member
Ian Snowley is Dean of Student Learning Development and University Librarian at the University of Lincoln. Before joining Lincoln in 2009 he was Head of Higher Education at the British Library. His professional career began in public libraries followed by posts at the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and the Department of Health. He has also worked at the Royal Society of Medicine as Director of Information Services and the University of London Research Library Services.
Ian Richards – Committee Member
Ian Richards is Head of Public Relations at the University of Lincoln. Ian began his professional career as a journalist and moved to Lincoln in 2006 to work at the Lincolnshire Echo newspaper. He joined the University of Lincoln in 2008 as a Media and Communications Officer.
Sponsors and Supporters
Lincoln Book Festival is indebted to the many supporters and sponsors who have supported the event this year and in previous years through their time, efforts and financial donations.
The Lincoln Book Festival Trust has received vital support and sponsorship from the following:
- Lincoln BIG
- Grubb Street Media
- Jill Hughes Foreign Rights
- The Lincoln Hotel
- Sills & Betteridge
- Lincoln College Group
- Lincoln Cathedral
- English Speaking Union
- University of Lincoln
- Lincoln Record Society
- Visit Lincoln Partnership
- Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
- The Collection
- Lincoln Drill Hall
- Wright Vigar Chartered Accountants
- Stokes Coffee