2016-17 Live Literature School Residencies

Six schools and authors were chosen by a panel to 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 £500 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 were:

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

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

Inverclyde Academy, in Inverclyde, worked with Catherine MacPhail. S2 pupils explored identity, place and Catherine’s work inspired by Greenock to create new short stories. School Librarian Susan Morton was awarded the inaugural Scottish Book Trust Learning Professional Award for her work revitalising Inverclyde Academy's school library. 

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

St Andrew’s RC Primary School, in Dundee, worked with Matthew Fitt. Primary 5 pupils worked on the project, ‘Super Scots in St Andrew’s’. Watch a video case study about their project to find out more. 

Wester Hailes Education Centre, in Edinburgh, worked with Lari Don. S1 pupils worked with Lari to create stories that they could share with their families and their community, and received personal feedback from Lari on their work. 


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.



Author Matthew Fitt and students and teachers at St Andrews Primary in Dundee talk about how they benefited from a Live Literature Schools Residency