Ann Landmann has been working in books since she was 19. With an undergrad in Book Trade and Publishing under her belt, she joined Blackwell’s, Edinburgh’s oldest bookshop, first as the buyer for the school’s department, and then as the Events Manager. After nine busy years of events big and small, she recently changed sides and now works for Edinburgh-based publisher Birlinn Ltd as a sales representative. As a self-confessed book festival addict, she decided to set up Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing to fill a gap left by other literary festivals. Cymera grew quickly from an idea over a cup of coffee in September 2017 to a 120-page business plan for her Masters Dissertation to a three-day festival with over 70 authors in June 2019. In 2020 Cymera was one of the first book festivals in the UK to move its entire programme online due to Covid-19.
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