Information for Organisers

The Live Literature programme works with you to bring authors from our database into your community. You need to apply before one of our deadlines to use Live Literature sessions to run your event. Our panel award sessions with authors. A session is a visit from an author that lasts for approximately an hour.

Authors listed on our database are paid a fee of £175 and reimbursed their expenses when they carry out these events. The fee increased from £150 on 1 January 2017, click here for more information on the fee increase. Event organisers will not have to pay more to cover the fee increase. Authors living and working in Scotland can usually apply to join the database at any time (at the moment we cannot accept applications as we are in the middle of moving to a new website). 

Scottish Book Trust will invoice you for part of this fee after the event has taken place. This will cost you £75 per session, £90 including VAT (some organisations can reclaim VAT). Scottish Book Trust covers the author’s travel and accommodation.


How can I apply for Live Literature support for my event?

Click here to find out more about applying for Live Literature


What kind of projects has Live Literature supported in the past?

You can read about some past Live Literature projects and examples of projects run by teachers and librarians on our blog, including an introduction to the Patron of Reading scheme by a Patron and a teacher


My application was successful! What do I do now?

Congratulations! Find out about your next steps here and read the conditions of funding for your award, including the Code of Conduct for funded organisations.


Where can I find an author for my event?

Search our author database, here.


How do I choose the right author for my event?

Here are a few tips to help you choose the best author from our database for your event.


What is a session like?

Learn more about what to expect before and after a session


How does the author get paid?

Find information about how payment and reimbursement work.


Can you help me promote my event?

We have some tips to help you promote your event through online social media and in the local media.


Can books be sold at the event?

Information about book sales can be found here


I am an author interested in carrying out Live Literature events.

Information for authors can be found here. 


If you have any other questions or concerns, please email