Looking for more in Writing and Authors or Live Literature?

Apply for Live Literature part-funded sessions

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

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Applications are now closed for Live Literature events, and will be reopining in January.

Why apply?

Live Literature makes author events affordable.

The author is paid £190 plus expenses per session (for funding awarded before August 2023, the fee remains £175. Find out more about the Live Literature fee increase).

Alongside financial support, the team at Scottish Book Trust can be on hand with help and advice for planning and promoting your session.

You will hear our decision within two weeks of the first panel meeting following your application – dates are listed below.

Key dates

Who can apply?

How to apply

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.

The application form will be available throughout the year, but decisions will only be made at scheduled panel meetings.

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 in your application?

What happens next?

Your application will be reviewed by a panel, which meets three times in 2023. We'll send you the result of your application within two weeks of the panel meeting.

The panel carefully read and consider all applications but due to timescales and remote working pressures, will not be able to offer individual feedback on all applications.

Get in touch

For all enquiries, or if you need to make an application in a different way due to access reasons, please email live.literature@scottishbooktrust.com(this link will open in a new window).