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Live Literature fee updates

Live Literature fee increase for sessions awarded from September 2024

The Live Literature author fee has increased to £200 per session for any session awarded from September 2024 onwards. Sessions funded before this date, which may be scheduled to take place up until March 2024, will remain at the £190 rate that applied when funding was confirmed.

Why we've changed our fee

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 also recognise the challenges facing organisations and have tried to minimise the increased contribution by absorbing as much of the cost as possible.

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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 2024/25 period. We are unable to absorb the extra cost of raising the fee, without further increasing the contributions asked from 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 2025. We will continue to review the fees on a regular basis and any decisions made will be communicated ahead of time. 

Previous changes to the Live Literature fee