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Live Literature invoicing and expenses

An essential breakdown of invoice and expenses information for Live Literature funded authors.

Author fees

The Live Literature fee is £200 per session. We also pay VAT if it is claimed, as well as expenses within set guidelines. The Live Literature fee increased in 2024 – visit our fee update page to find out more about the increase. 

Authors listed on the directory who take part in Live Literature funded events are paid:

How organisations pay for Live Literature sessions

Scottish Book Trust invoices organisations for part of the author's fee after the event has taken place. It will cost:

Payment process

Claiming author expenses

To make sure authors and communities can connect from all over Scotland, we pay travel and accommodation expenses for Live Literature events.


We will cover travel expenses (including flights, where necessary) with the exception of luxury travel. We try to support as many authors as possible within our budget so cannot provide first class fares.


Sometimes it is not possible to get to your event and back in the same day. If you are staying overnight, we will reimburse accommodation costs up to £80 per overnight stay. We need to see a receipt or booking confirmation from your hotel. If you cannot find a hotel for £80 or under within a reasonable distance of your event, let us know before booking.

Where you are staying with friends or family rather than rented accommodation, we can reimburse up to £40 to help with the additional costs involved.


We reimburse refreshments up to £25 per overnight stay or up to £10 if you do not stay overnight. We need to see a receipt for your purchases. This is separate to your accommodation costs; for example, an overnight hotel stay can be reimbursed to a maximum level of £105 for subsistence and accommodation.