Looking for a Lead Reader

Open Book is looking for a Lead Reader to support its creative programme at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Because the sessions happen in person at GWL, applicants living in the Glasgow area will be preferred over other applicants.




About Open Book

Since March 2013 Open Book (www.openbookreading.com) has run shared reading and creative writing sessions for adults. In our 2021/22 year, we’ll have delivered well over 1200 sessions in around 80 locations – from Shetland to Stranraer, and in places like 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, and in prisons, libraries and other public settings. Stories and poems are read aloud then discussed in a relaxed, informal setting, with about one-third of the groups adding creative writing.


Shared Reading+Creative Writing

Open Book is looking for a Creative Writing Lead Reader to deliver 10 monthly shared reading+creative writing sessions at the Glasgow Women’s Library across a 12 month period. The Lead Reader will be joining a strong community of approximately 75 Open Book Lead Readers




Applicant Requirements

The successful applicant will:

  • 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 two paid training sessions in late September and early October 2022 and to deliver monthly workshops from 4 October 2022 onwards.


The successful candidate will be contracted to deliver ten 120 min shared reading+creative writing workshops in the Open Book model at the Glasgow Women’s Library across a twelve month period. The workshops will take place on the first Tuesday of the month, from 10:30am -12:30pm, beginning on 4 October 2022. 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.

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 an online or in-person Festival event. An additional fee of up to £100 (4 hours at £25 ph) will be available to Lead Readers for events.


Application Process

  • Preference will be given to applicants living and/or working in or near Glasgow
  • Please submit a CV including details of publications, experience in community workshop facilitation and any other experience you feel is relevant to admin@openbookreading.com by 5pm on Thursday 15th September. 
  • The successful applicant will be expected to be available to attend a short training session (which will be funded) shortly thereafter.
    Please direct any questions relating to the application to admin@openbookreading.com.