News | The impact of Scottish book festivals

19 February 2021

The Scottish Book Festivals Network was reconvened at the end of 2020 by Wigtown Festival Company on the request of Creative Scotland, intended to be a vehicle for providing knowledge sharing, networking, advocacy, collaborative working, as well as guidance on best practice across the spectrum of Scotland’s literary festivals.

Network members include large and small festivals, urban and rural festivals, island festivals and multi-artform festivals. Some are run by employed staff, many others are run by teams of volunteers. Some have an international focus, some are genre-specific, and others are there to serve their local communities. Between us we represent huge variety in terms of scale, format, and outlook.

As part of its advocacy work for the sector, the Scottish Book Festivals Network would like to commission an impact study that will showcase what benefits book festivals and literary events contribute in terms of social, cultural, educational and economic impact.

This study will then be used to promote the value of the Scottish book festival sector to government, publishers, funders, the media, and industry stakeholders not just in Scotland but across the UK and abroad.

We are looking for a self-motivated and adaptable professional to take this on, someone with a track record in research and report writing, preferably within an arts sector context. If you are interested in tendering for this work, we'd love to hear from you. 

Application deadline 15 March 2021.

For more information, download the RFT here.