Global Development Opportunities for Leaders Working in Arts, Screen, and Creative Sectors

ICE Archive: 2011/2012 – Anna Burkey

“The ICE placement gives me the opportunity to work amidst the bright ideas and sunshine at Design Indaba, the major exhibition and conference that showcases and develops South African design talent. Their motto matches my ideal: “a better world through creativity,” and I’m using the time to learn about the challenges and opportunities across South Africa, get to grips with new ways of thinking and evolve ideas for some future projects I’m concocting.”


Anna Burkey is a freelance creative consultant, working to develop cultural events and festivals. She creates, curates, produces and presents innovative projects with the arts at their heart, and is particularly interested in literature development: she was a founding staff member of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature.

At EUCL, she was integral to the ideas, planning and delivery of five innovative citywide reading campaigns, designed with targeted education programmes and strategic public engagement events. From projecting poetry onto Edinburgh Castle to supporting the creation of a Kidnapped graphic novel, the projects brought together around 100 partner organisations across business and the arts, in support of literature, books, writing and ideas.

She spent six years hosting and developing the Edinburgh Literary Salon, chaired the Literary Programmers Network and co-produced Poets for Haiti, Scotland’s largest poetry reading, headlined by the UK’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Anna programmed and developed the New Writing Expo at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, lectures on literature and culture for visiting Universities and has written for literary news outlets and blogs including Encyclopaedia Britannica and Time Out.

Anna was hosted by Design Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa.

About Anna’s mentor

Faith Liddell is an experienced director, producer and project manager who has worked in key strategic and creative roles across theatre, literature, music, film and visual arts for the last fifteen years specialising predominantly in the creation and development of festivals and festival-based programmes. She has been Director of Festivals Edinburgh since January 2007.