Live Literature School Residencies

Find out more about the Live Literature School Residencies running in 2016-17 and follow the residencies as they take place.

Applications to this pilot programme have now closed – the terms and conditions below are for information only.

Scottish Book Trust is excited to offer a brand new pilot programme that will offer 6 schools in Scotland a fully-funded author-in-residence.

If cost is a significant barrier to running a residency in your school, you can apply now to hold a Live Literature School Residency.

Each residency will contain 10 sessions carried out by an author from our database. Our database includes almost 700 professional writers, poets, playwrights, illustrators, performance poets and storytellers.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25 May 2016 at noon.

For all enquiries, please email

What schools receive

  • 10 sessions with an author from our database at no cost – including time to plan and evaluate your project with the author.
  • Scottish Book Trust pay the author’s full fee and expenses directly through the Live Literature programme – no invoicing!
  • A contribution to the cost of resources for sessions e.g. photocopying. 
  • Support from Scottish Book Trust’s experienced team.
  • Your project showcased on our website, suggested learning resources and next steps after the project to help you make the most of the sessions.

How to apply

Applications have now closed. You can read the eligibility criteria for the residencies here

What are the panel looking for?


We want to know that your project will inspire a love of reading and writing! This is our main priority, so please make sure you tell us how your project will inspire your pupils and staff to read and write. For inspiration and ideas, check out our blogs by teachers and librarians about projects in their schools!

A focused approach

Show us that your project will have a lasting impact in your school and for the pupils who take part. Workshops don’t have to reach everyone in the school. We recommend that you choose to work with a particular year group, specific classes, or that you build a project around a particular theme, book or series.


You will be asked to break down the 10 sessions with the author as follows:

  • Planning (2 sessions)
  • Workshops (6 sessions)
  • Evaluation (2 sessions)

Workshops can include professional skills development for teachers and staff. You can use a session to hold a celebratory event at the end of the project.


We know that things don’t always go to plan. Scottish Book Trust will help and support you if you need to change your plans. However, we will need you to nominate a co-ordinator at your school who will be the main point of contact for us and for the author, and we will ask you to keep in touch throughout the project.

Image credit: Alan Peebles.