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Scottish Book Trust
Sandeman House
Trunk’s Close
55 High Street
T: 0131 524 0160

Scottish charity no. SC027669 - Company no. 184248

Individual contacts for specific queries

How to find us?


About Scottish Book Trust

Every year, Scottish Book Trust:

  • Invests £3 million per year to inspire and encourage readers and writers in Scotland
  • Funds over 1,200 literature events connecting 50,000 readers with writers through Live Literature funding
  • Reaches every baby in Scotland through its Bookbug book gifting programme
  • Champions and supports over 400 Scottish writers and illustrators throughout their careers
  • Runs the biggest children's book awards in the UK, judged by over 25,000 schoolchildren
  • Develops resources to support hundreds of teachers and librarians improve literacy
  • Promotes the joy of reading and writing to 200,000 online visitors a year, including teenagers

Scottish Book Trust is committed, in all its activities, to the promotion of equal opportunities and the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, political belief, social or economic class, marital or parental status, gender, sexual orientation, age, history of illness or disability.

Scottish Book Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in Scotland No. 184248 and a Registered Charity.
Scottish Charity No. SC027669. VAT No. GB 717377319.

Board members

Lucy Juckes, Literary Agent, Jenny Brown Asociates (Chair)

Fiona Hendry, Marketing and PR Consultant

Bob Irvine, Senior Civil Servant, Scottish Government

Alison Paul, Solicitor, Turcan Connell, Solicitors and Asset Managers

Tom Pow, Author and Poet

David Stewart, Accountant, McFadden Associates (Treasurer)


Alexander McCall Smith
Andrew O'Hagan
Joan Lingard


How to find us?

Directions to Scottish Book Trust, Sandeman House, Trunk's Close, 55 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR:-

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Directions from Waverley Train Station

Leave by Market Street exit. Turn left onto Market Street and then right onto Jeffrey Street and follow the road round to Jury's Inn Hotel (on right as you go up Jeffrey Street). At the hotel take a right up Chalmers Close (the close cuts through middle of hotel) to High Street. At the top of the close turn left and Trunk's Close (55 High Street) is a few doors down, next to a kiltmaker and near John Knox House. Walk down Trunk's Close and Sandeman House is directly in front of you.

Please note that Chalmers Close is steep and has stairs to climb. If you have mobility concerns or are bringing materials, alternatively you could follow Jeffery Street around until it reaches the High Street. Turn right onto High Street (going uphill), and we are just after John Knox House, on the right. Walk down Trunk's Close (55 High Street) and Sandeman House is directly in front of you.

A third option is to take the Market Street exit, turn right, and then take first left up Cockburn Street. At the top of Cockburn Street, turn left onto High Street and continue down to traffic lights. Cross over and continue down the High Street to Trunk's Close (55 High Street) next to a kiltmaker and near John Knox House. Walk down Trunk's Close and Sandeman House is directly in front of you.

Sandeman House is not fully accessible at this time, so please, if you have any concerns with accessing the building, get in touch with us.


Directions from Princes Street (East End)

Walk up North Bridge and take first left on to the High Street - Trunk's Close is on this block. Walk down the High Street and Trunk's Close (55 High Street) is on the left just before John Knox's House. Walk down Trunk's Close and Sandeman House is directly in front of you.


By Bus

To the High Street - No 35 ask for the stop beside John Knox House.

To North Bridge - Nos, 3,7,8,14,29, 31,33,37,49 ask for first stop on North Bridge.

For more information contact Lothian Buses on 0131 555 6363 or



Unfortunately, you cannot park on The High Street, but you can park nearby on Market Street, Jeffrey Street or at the NCP car park beneath the Radisson SAS Hotel Car Park on Blackfriars Street.

If you possess a valid Blue Badge you may park free of charge in all disabled and public parking spaces, the nearest public parking bays are in Jeffery Street. Parking in residents' bays is not permitted unless you have applied for and displayed an exempt residents' permit for the appropriate parking zone and it is accompanied by your Blue Badge. Further information from Edinburgh Council is available here.