Pitch It!

Apply now to bring a bestselling author to your community during Book Week Scotland

We want to bring one of these bestselling authors to your community, to participate in events that fit this year's theme of Conversation. If you can think it, Pitch It! You’re in control.

We want innovative and inspiring slants on book events that will get people talking and change the conversation. Events should be engaging and welcoming to audiences and communities in inclusive and interesting ways. This is your chance to plan a book event that will get tongues wagging.

We'll provide up to £500 to help with event costs, as well as tailored support to help make your event the best it can be. 

Choose from our four brilliant writers

(available on listed dates only)

Dean Atta, available Monday 18 November

Named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by The Independent on Sunday and “one of poetry’s greatest modern voices” by Gay Times, poet Dean Atta’s work has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Channel 4, often dealing with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up. Dean regularly performs across the UK and internationally. He is a member of Keats House Poets Forum and Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, as well as a Tutor for Arvon and Poetry School. Dean's debut poetry collection was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. His latest book, The Black Flamingo, follows a mixed-race gay teen as he spreads his wings at university as a drag performer; a bold story about embracing your uniqueness and finding your inner strength.

Jack Monroe, available Wednesday 20 November

Jack Monroe is a campaigner against hunger and poverty in the UK and an award-winning cookery writer. She is author of four cookbooks: Tin Can Cook, Cooking on a Bootstrap, A Girl Called Jack and A Year in 120 Recipes. Jack was awarded the Fortnum and Mason Judges' Choice Award in 2013 and the OFM Best Food Personality Readers' Award in 2018.

Jenny Colgan, available Thursday 21 November

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and Little Beach Street Bakery, both published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012 and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013.

Frank Quitely, available Friday November 22

Frank Quitely started to write and draw comics in the late 1980s. His work appeared first in the Glasgow underground comic Electric Soup, then the UK-wide Judge Dredd Megazine before being picked up by American publishers including DC, Marvel and Image. Along the way he’s also been involved in poster art, murals, T-shirt design, album covers, character design, storyboarding for animation, and short film. His largest exhibition to date was a retrospective in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. He recently returned to writing and drawing his own comics.

How to pitch

You can pitch for any of our featured writers by completing our short SurveyMonkey form before Monday 30 September at 12 noon. Before you begin, please consider the following questions:

You are welcome to pitch for more than one writer if you wish, but please use separate applications. We'll let you know if your pitch has been successful by Friday 4 October.

Pitch it now

Important information

Please note, Book Week Scotland runs 18 - 24 November 2019. Your event must take place during the specified dates and times for each author. Only one event per author will be selected, but all will be considered.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact nyla.ahmad@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window)