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Live Literature fee change 2023

Live Literature fee increase for sessions awarded after August 2023

The Live Literature author fee has increased to £190 per session for any session awarded from August 2023 onwards. Sessions funded before this date, which may be scheduled to take place up until March 2024, will remain at the previous rate of £175.

Why we've changed our fee

We recently celebrated 50 years of Live Literature and heard many stories about the impact the programme has for authors and readers across the country. Much of this success is down to the hard work of the organisers and authors who help create wonderful events. 

Many of the authors on the Live Literature directory make their living primarily from writing and are facing extremely difficult times. Scottish Book Trust believes that writers, storytellers and illustrators should be paid fairly for the important work that they do and we want to support them as much as we are able. We are raising our author fee and covering the difference for events funded in the 2023/24 period. 

If you have any questions at all, please do get in touch at live.literature@scottishbooktrust.com(this link will open in a new window).

What the fee change means for authors 

What the fee change means for organisations awarded Live Literature sessions

Why isn't the fee change higher?

We strongly believe that authors should be paid fairly for their time and realise that while this is an increase, it is a relatively modest one. Our budget and the current financial landscape, which has also impacted on the number of sessions we are able to fund this year, mean we’re unable to raise it further for the 2023/24 period. This change to fees reflects our ability to absorb the extra cost of raising the fee, without passing the cost on to the organisations booking authors.

The Live Literature fee going forward

This increase will allow us to provide funding for a reasonable number of Live Literature sessions until March 2024. We will continue to review the fees on a regular basis and any decisions made will be communicated ahead of time.