Apply now: Live Literature

Live Literature brings reading and writing to the heart of communities by part-funding author events for organisations across Scotland

Family watching an author event

Applications are now open for Live Literature events taking place between 1 January – 31 March 2020. The application deadline is Wednesday 25 September 2019, midday. Please read the information below before submitting your application or find out more about Live Literature(this will open in a new window).

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Applications for events taking place after April 2020 will open later this year and the deadline will be Wednesday 22 January at noon. Sessions for 2019 have already been awarded.

Why apply?

Live Literature makes author events affordable by splitting the cost of the author fee with the organisation, as well as covering the cost of any travel, food and accommodation expenses.

Alongside financial support, the team at Scottish Book Trust can be on hand with help and advice for planning and promoting your session. We'll pay the author directly, and invoice you for your contribution after the event has taken place.

Who can apply?

Individuals and not-for profit organisations in every part of Scotland can apply for support to host events or projects with authors.

You can apply for funding if:

How to apply

The panel carefully read and consider all applications. Where appropriate, the panel gives feedback along with the award decision.

What are the panel looking for?


The purpose of Live Literature is to inspire communities to read and write for pleasure. This is the reason Live Literature funding exists, so please make sure you address it directly in your application.


We like to support interesting, imaginative sessions which show a commitment to the promotion and enjoyment of reading and writing.

Your local authority area

We aim to support events and projects that reach as wide a range of people as possible and try to ensure events are spread throughout every local authority in Scotland.

Clear outcomes

We want to support sessions that have a clear and demonstrable benefit. We want to know how many people will benefit from the events and how. We also like to know how the session fits in with any other activity you're planning and whether it will have a legacy.

Your history of funding

We welcome applications from organisations that have previously been supported by Live Literature funding, and the panel will take into account how you have used Live Literature funding in the past when making their decision.

Get in touch

For all enquiries, or if you need to make an application in a different way due to access reasons, please email will open in a new window).