Recruiting: South Ayrshire Lead Reader

Open Book, in partnership with South Ayrshire Libraries, is looking for a creative writing Lead Reader to deliver monthly sessions for a new group. Beginning in a digital format on the Open Book Zoom platform, the sessions will move as quickly as possible to in person sessions at the Carnegie Library, Ayr. The new Ayr based Lead Reader will be joining a strong community of approximately 75 Open Book Lead Readers.

About Open Book

Since March 2013 Open Book ( ) has run shared reading and creative writing sessions for adults. In our 2020/21 year, we’ll deliver c. 1400 sessions in over 70 locations – the islands off Shetland, to Stranraer, on Uist and Tiree, in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and in the Central Belt. We work in a number of sectors –  libraries, health care settings, with the elderly, refugees and migrants, community groups, prisons, libraries and other public settings and on Scottish islands. Stories and poems are read aloud then discussed in a relaxed, informal setting, with about one-third of the groups adding creative writing. 

Applicant Requirements

The successful applicant will:

  • be based in or around Ayrshire and be able to travel to Ayr to deliver the workshops in person in due course (in line with Open Book’s Environmental Policy);
  • be a published author with a publication record commensurate with authors on Scottish Book Trust’s Author Database;
  • have previous experience of workshop delivery; 
  • be asked to join the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme) and to provide two references (Open Book will meet the costs of PVG membership and process the application on behalf of the Lead Reader); and
  • be available to attend a paid training session in March and to deliver monthly workshops from April 2021 onwards.


The successful candidate will be contracted to deliver ten 90-120 min shared reading+creative writing workshops in the Open Book model across a twelve month period. The workshops will take place on the same day and at the same time each month (i.e the third Wed of the month). The fee in respect of each workshop (including preparation, delivery and post session feedback) is £175. Six required training hours  – including initial training in the model – will be funded at £25 per hour. 

In addition travel expenses at a flat rate of £25 per session in respect of workshops delivered in person is also payable.

Lead Readers are asked to support their groups to attend a literary event during the course of the project year. This can be attendance at a Festival event or an author visit (either on-line or in person). An additional fee of up to £75 (3 hours at £25 ph) will be available to  Lead Readers for events. 

Application Process

  • Please submit a CV including details of publications, experience in community workshop facilitation and any other experience you feel is relevant, together with a short sample of writing (c500 words) to by 5pm Monday 8 March. A short list of applicants will be invited for an interview over Zoom between the 10 -12 March. The successful applicant will be notified by 5pm on Monday 15 March and will be asked to attend an introductory training session before the end of March. .
  • Please direct any questions relating to the application to
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