Live Literature School Residencies

Applications from schools interested in running a residency in 2017-18 have now closed. Click to learn more about the criteria and next year's programme (September 2017-18).


2016-17 Residencies

Scottish Book Trust is delighted to announce the six successful schools and authors who will deliver a brand new pilot programme in 2016-17.

Each school was chosen by a panel to receive:

  • 10 sessions with an author of their choice from our database at no cost – including time to plan and evaluate their project with the author
  • A contribution to the cost of resources for sessions
  • Support from Scottish Book Trust’s experienced team
  • Their project showcased on our website, as well as suggested learning resources and next steps after the project to help them make the most of the sessions

The six school residencies are:

Banchory Primary School, in Clackmannanshire, will work with Adrian Mead. Pupils in Primary 7 will work on a project, ‘Superheroes,’ to build their own characters and worlds.

Castlebay Community School, in Barra, Na h-Eileanan Siar, will work with Margaret Bennett. Pupils from Primary 7, S1 and S2 will work with Margaret in Gaelic and English to celebrate the storytelling tradition of their local community and foster links between generations.

Inverclyde Academy, in Inverclyde, will work with Catherine MacPhail. S2 pupils will explore identity, place and Catherine’s work inspired by Greenock to create new short stories.

Levenmouth Academy, in Fife, will work with Helen MacKinven. Senior pupils at the newly opened school will work with Helen to create stories celebrating their local area, working towards sharing those stories with their local communities in Buckhaven and Methil.

St Andrew’s RC Primary School, in Dundee, will work with Matthew Fitt. Primary 5 pupils will work on the project, ‘Super Scots in St Andrew’s’. They will create a book that they will share with younger pupils.

Wester Hailes Education Centre, in Edinburgh, will work with Lari Don. Through #WHECMakingStories, S1 pupils will work with Lari to create stories that they can share with their families and their community, and showcase on the school website for others to enjoy.

Visit each school’s page to follow their progress through their residency.


You can find more ideas to bring writers and writing into your work on our blog and in our extensive resources section. You can also watch free, high-quality author events on demand or apply to bring an author to your school through the Live Literature programme.