Live Literature: Information for Authors


What is the Live Literature programme?

The Live Literature programme works with people across Scotland to bring authors from our database into communities (including writers, storytellers, playwrights, performance poets and illustrators). The programme supports 1,200 author visits (sessions), reaching 50,000 people, each year. 

The authors who carry out these events are paid a set fee of £175 per session plus travel and subsistence expenses. (The fee increase from £150 came into effect on 1 January 2017. Click here for more information on the fee increase).

Scottish Book Trust has an online database of authors in Scotland who are available and have a range of skills and experience to carry out Live Literature events.


How do I apply to carry out Live Literature events?

To be included on the author database, you must meet the criteria. Our criteria page explains who is eligible to join the database and what you must do to apply.


I am a self-published author. Can I join the Live Literature database?

Self-published authors who fulfill certain criteria can join the database. For more information, click here.


I have joined the database. How do I create my author profile?

Information and tips on creating your author profile can be found here. Please note that we are making changes to the database and so profiles will be changing too.


How do I get work through the Live Literature database?

Find out how to promote yourself and book events here.


Can I carry out events for free while listed on the author directory?

Authors and creators are paid £175 for carrying out a Live Literature event. Scottish Book Trust is committed to ensuring authors are paid for their work and time, but we understand that, in certain exceptional circumstances, an author may wish to carry out an event for free. Suggestions for constructive ways to do that are included on this page.


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.


I have booked an event and will have to travel to the venue. What will I be reimbursed for?

Information about expenses and reimbursement can be found here


What can I expect during a session?

Information about sessions and a planning checklist can be found on this page.


How will I be paid for my work? 

Find information about how payment and reimbursement work.


Can books be sold at events?

Information about book sales can be found here 


When is the deadline for author database applications?

We accept applications at any time, though it will take up to six weeks to hear the result of your application at busy times in our programme.


I am an organiser interested in Live Literature events.

Information for organisers can be found here.


Live Literature Fee Increase

The Live Literature fee increased from £150 to £175 per session from 1 January 2017. For more information, click here.


If you would like to apply or have any other questions about Live Literature and the author database, please contact us:

Visit the Live Literature section of our website to find out more about this programme, and find out about how Live Literature can help you host an author event here.


Check out this example of an event made possible by the Live Literature programme!