The Live Literature directory lists creative professionals such as writers, poets, performance poets, playwrights, storytellers, illustrators, cartoonists, screenwriters and graphic novelists. The directory provides space for creative professionals to share information about your work, skills and events events experience so that organisations can book you for events.
Processing applications can take some time, especially during Live Literature's busiest times (around funding application deadlines, Book Week Scotland and the end of the financial year ). We'll be in touch as quickly as we can. Self-published authors will hear the result of their application as soon as possible following a meeting of our Live Literature advisory group.
If your profile is missing
We've made extensive efforts to contact everyone listed on the directory since September 2018, using the contact information we have available. If you had a profile on the old site, and you do not appear on the new site, please get in touch by emailing email@example.com(this will open in a new window) as soon as possible.
You can also find out more about searching the author directory.
How to apply
Please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org(this will open in a new window):
- a CV demonstrating that your creative work meets the criteria for your discipline
- the name, job title and email address for two referees who have worked with you in a professional capacity (full written references are not required at this time)
- a list of some events you have carried out as a professional or featured writer (if relevant)
- the creative discipline you are applying under
We may ask you to send in a copy of one of your books. In these cases your application will be assessed at a quarterly panel meeting. We may ask to see a copy of your publishing contract, if you have one, or an example of your work. Scottish Book Trust has the right to turn down any applicant based on quality of work.
New applicants may be invited for interview. The interview panel will consist of an author who carries out Live Literature events as well as staff from Scottish Book Trust and Creative Scotland.
All applicants must meet the general criteria below, as well as the relevant criteria for your chosen creative area.
- You must live and work in Scotland. If you live in Scotland for part of the year please outline your availability in your application and you will be accepted at the discretion of Scottish Book Trust.
- You can submit one application at a time only, to one discipline category, though you may write/illustrate/perform in more than one way. If your application is successful, you will be asked to detail the full range of your skills and experience on your profile.
- We can only accept applications for non-fiction writing that fall under the category of narrative Non-Fiction. We define narrative Non-Fiction as a form of writing that is stylistically similar to fiction but used to tell factual stories, e.g. memoir, literary criticism, travel writing and biography. This does not include textbooks, guidebooks, standard non-fiction history books or collections of humour/jokes. We do not have the resources to fairly assess these genres.
- You must be over 18 years of age. This is for safeguarding (this will open in a new window)reasons.
- If you are currently in receipt of a New Writers Award then you cannot apply for the Author Directory under the same category (i.e. if you received the award for poetry you cannot apply to join the directory with a poetry book until the end of your award year)
Application details for each creative discipline
Feedback on the criteria and complaints procedure
The Live Literature advisory panel reviews the criteria for the author database twice a year. If you have feedback or suggestions, please email email@example.com(this will open in a new window). The panel will consider your feedback at the next meeting. Please note: we cannot make changes or exceptions to the published criteria between reviews. Scottish Book Trust and the panel’s decisions on applications are final. If you would like to send feedback about the criteria, please email as above. If you have any complaints about the application process, please follow our complaints procedure.
Please be aware:
- some local authorities may ask you to complete Disclosure Scotland checks before carrying out sessions with young people or vulnerable adults
- some local authorities may ask you to take out public liability insurance before carrying out sessions on their premises
- if you need advice about Disclosure checks or public liability insurance, please get in touch with the Society of Authors in Scotland(this will open in a new window)