Pitch It!

Applications for Pitch It! are now closed, but there are still lots of opportunities to get involved in Book Week Scotland. Why not organise a book sale, plan a reading lunch or be a book gifter


Design and pitch your own rebellious event for Book Week Scotland, featuring one of our all-star writers. We are looking for interesting and creative events that fit our ‘rebel’ theme but are unique to your community. If you can think it, pitch it! You’re in control.

We are especially looking for events which break boundaries and engage audiences in inclusive and interesting ways. Do you have an unexpected or exciting venue in mind? Do you have a format idea that’s innovative and engaging? Are you planning to try something that’s never been done before? We want to hear from you.

We'll provide up to £500 to help with event costs, as well as tailored support to help make your event the best it can be. 

Chose from our 4 brilliant writers, available on the listed dates only. The deadline for applications is Monday 15 October at 12 noon. 

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is an author of novels, novellas and cookbooks.  She will be coming to Scotland to talk about her new book Blue Salt Road, the perfect autumn and Christmas read, this combines the harshness of nature with the spookiness of a ghost story and the comfort of a great folk tale, in one beautifully told novella, stunningly illustrated by Bonnie Hawkins, with a beautiful cover by Sue Gent.

Visit Joanne's website

Monday 19 November

(Venue must hold 70+ people)


Alt-folk musician and author Beerjacket (Peter Kelly) is soon to release Silver Cords, his most ambitious project to date. More than just a new Beerjacket album, accompanying the songs is a beautiful hardback collection of twelve dreamlike short stories, intertwined with the music.

Visit Beerjacket's website

Tuesday 20 November


Sam Conniff Allende

Sam Conniff Allende

Sam Conniff Allende is a professional public speaker and author of lifestyle book 'Be More Pirate (or How to Take on the World and Win)'. Drawing parallels between pirate legends like Henry Morgan and Blackbeard with modern rebels, like Elon Musk and Malala Yousafzai, ‘Be More Pirate’ reveals how to reinvent the rules and stop asking for permission.

Visit Sam's website

Wednesday 21 November (Evening)


Thursday 22 November (Daytime) 


BAFTA & Mobo Award winning musician, social entrepreneur and author of ‘Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire’, Akala educates and invigorates with personal, informative essays, poetry and music.

Visit Akala's website

Sunday 25 November

 Before submitting your pitch please consider the following:

  • What is your event going to be?
  • When and where will it take place?
  • Who will attend your event?
  • How much will your event cost?
  • How can we help you run your event?

Scottish Book Trust are able to offer dedicated, tailored support for these events and are open to discussing the best ways in which we can help the delivery of your event. Please do not hesitate to ask for specific or unique support in your submission.

Submit your Pitch It! idea now

You can pitch for more than one author, but must do so using seperate applications.

Please note, Book Week Scotland is from the 19th - the 25th of November 2018. Your event must take place during the specified dates and times for each author. Only one event per author will be selected, but all will be considered.

Scottish Book Trust are able to provide a budget of up to £500 to help you deliver the most creative and rebellious event possible. You can supplement this budget with your own funds. Please make clear what is and is not to be taken from the Scottish Book Trust budget in your submission.

Successful candidates will receive confirmation on the 26th of October.

If you have any questions or queries, please email nyla.ahmad@scottishbooktrust.com