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Readers in Residence

Notes of interest sought until 12 noon Friday 23 May 2014


Readers in Residence


Opportunity description for Creative Practitioners to work in partnership with a Library or Library Service                            


  • Freelance, fixed term 12 months from September 2014
  • Fixed fee of £10,800 (for 2.5 days per week or equivalent)


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The role

Scottish Book Trust (SBT) wishes to appoint four Readers in Residence who will work with Scottish libraries to stimulate and deliver innovative projects around reading. The content of the residencies will be shaped by the aptitudes and interests of each Reader in Residence and the needs of their partner library or library service.

For the first nine months of the contract the Reader will work within a library/library service and the community it serves.

For the remaining three months the Reader will develop their own work, with the exception of three days which will be spent working with the library/library service to support evaluation and legacy.

Each residency will hold a project budget of £1000, in addition to the fee, to support the work. SBT will also be available to offer advice and support on an ongoing basis throughout the residencies.

Each Reader will be expected to participate in an SBT induction day and an interim networking day. They, and their partner library/library service, will also be expected to support Book Week Scotland 2013 (24th – 30th November 2014) through events and projects.

SBT also plans to share good practice from the residencies with other partners and practitioners.



A Reader must have/be:

  • A creative practitioner with experience of working in community settings
  • Confident about the planning, communication and partnership working involved in working on projects of this kind
  • Some experience of working on projects with a range of different partners and goals
  • The confidence and enthusiasm to act as an advocate for reading


This opportunity is open to creative practitioners currently resident in Scotland. The programme is open to submissions from anywhere in Scotland; however we will seek to fund a spread of residencies that will encompass urban, rural and remote areas, including islands.  We welcome applications from practitioners interested in working in Gaelic and Scots contexts.


Application process for Readers in Residence

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Stage 1 (this stage)

Notes of interest from creative practitioners should be made directly to Scottish Book Trust via the online form by noon, 23 May 2014.


Stage 2

The notes of interest will be reviewed by interested libraries/library services who will contact prospective readers to discuss the possibility of partnerships during June and July 2014.


Stage 3

Joint applications will be made by host libraries/library services and interviews will take place to appoint the residencies in August 2014.


Residencies will begin in September 2014. The appointed Readers in Residence will be contracted by Scottish Book Trust. Appointment of Readers may be conditional on securing clearance from PVG/Disclosure Scotland.



Submit your Note of Interest

Notes of interest should be submitted by completing the online form here:

The closing date for notes of interest is 12 midday on Friday 23rd May 2014.


Creative Practitioners will be contacted by a library representative if they are being considered for a residency by the end of July.


If you have any queries please contact Philippa Cochrane on 0131 524 0164 or 


The Readers in Residence programme is supported by Creative Scotland.



Scottish Book Trust strives to ensure equality of opportunity in recruitment.

This information is available in alternative formats on request. If you need assistance with making your application, please contact us for advice. Unfortunately, Sandeman House is not wheelchair accessible at this time, though there may be something we can do to accommodate persons with certain mobility impairments or other disabilities.


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