Apply for Live Literature School Residencies 2018-19

Applications are now closed for the Live Literature School Residencies. The following is provided for information only. We'll be back in touch with everyone who applied within four weeks of the deadline. Thank you. 


If cost is a significant barrier to running a residency in your school, you can apply now to hold a Live Literature School Residency.

Scottish Book Trust are delighted to continue the Live Literature School Residencies programme for 2018-19. The programme will offer 10 schools in Scotland a fully-funded author-in-residence.

Each residency will contain 12 sessions carried out by one author from our database. Our database includes over 750 professional writers, poets, playwrights, spoken word artists, illustrators, graphic novelists, screenwriters and storytellers.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 23 May 2018 at noon.

For all enquiries, please email

What schools receive

  • 12 sessions with an author from our database at no cost – including two CLPL sessions with the author for your staff.
  • Scottish Book Trust pay the author’s full fee and expenses directly through the Live Literature programme – no invoicing!
  • Attend an induction day for staff on Tuesday 11 September in Edinburgh with training and a chance to meet the other schools and authors
  • A £500 contribution to the cost of resources for sessions e.g. photocopying, workshop supplies, books, transport, refreshments.
  • Support from Scottish Book Trust’s experienced team.
  • Your project showcased on our website, suggested learning resources and next steps after the project to help you make the most of the sessions.

How to apply

  • Read our very short eligibility criteria.
  • Download and fill in an application form.
  • Make sure your completed form includes a statement from a senior staff member confirming the school's support of the project and co-ordinator.
  • Submit your application as an attachment to before the deadline (Wednesday 23 May 2018).

What are the panel looking for?


Will your residency ideas inspire a love of creative writing and reading? This is our main priority, so please make sure you tell us why you think working with an author will inspire your pupils and staff to write creatively this year. For inspiration and ideas, check out our blogs by teachers and librarians about projects in their schools.


We know that things don't always go to plan. Scottish Book Trust will help and support you if you need to change your plans. You will be asked to nominate a co-ordinator at your school who will lead on the project within your school and communicate with the author and Scottish Book Trust throughout.


Your project doesn't have to be fully developed or polished. We're looking for enthusiastic, committed schools who want to make the most of this funding; you can work with the author and Scottish Book Trust to refine your project's aims and structure later.

A focused approach

Show us that your project will have a lasting impact for the pupils and staff who take part. Workshops don't have to reach everyone in the school and we recommend making the most of the residency opportunity to build a relationship between a particular year group or specific classes and the author.

Eligibility and criteria

  • Early years settings, schools and further education settings working with students under 18 in Scotland can apply. Organisations in Scotland standing in the place of school for young people who are not in mainstream education can apply e.g. residential units.
  • A school can only submit one application, for one project.
  • Our panel will consider all applications but you must be able to demonstrate a clear financial need, either overall as an organisation or in reaching a particular audience or group of pupils within your school/setting.
  • Pupils must not incur a cost to participate in the project.
  • The induction day for the project is Tuesday 11 September in Edinburgh from 10am-4.30pm. We can support the staff member's travel expenses but one delegate from your staff must attend this day.
  • As a result of extreme pressure on resources, schools unable to afford author visits without support will be given priority. Due to this, we cannot usually prioritise applications from independent schools. However, our panel will consider all applications.
  • Authors cannot apply on behalf of schools.
  • All sessions in the residency must be carried out by Friday 29 March 2019.
  • Your application form must contain a short statement from a senior member of staff, e.g. Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, when it is submitted. This statement shows that the residency, author and project co-ordinator will have the school's support throughout the year.

Live Literature deadlines during the residency

  • If you have already secured Live Literature sessions at the January 2018 deadline, you can still apply for a residency.
  • If you are successful in applying for a residency this may be taken into consideration when assessing any applications made by your school at the September 2018 deadline.


Authors cannot apply on behalf of schools. Schools who secure a residency will work with Scottish Book Trust to approach authors to carry out the sessions. Authors can still apply to join the Live Literature Database at any time.

How to Apply

Fill out an application form and return to by the deadline Wednesday 23 May 2018 at noon.

School Residencies in Action

Using Nature to Inspire Teenagers

Watch as author Cathy Forde completes an inspiring author residency with pupils at Drumchapel High School

The Life-Changing Power of Author Visits to Schools

Author Matthew Fitt talks about his residency at St Andrew's RC Primary School in Dundee