Looking for a Lead Reader

Looking for a Lead Reader


Open Book is looking for a Lead Reader to support its creative writing programme at Eyemouth Community Centre. Because the sessions happen in person in Eyemouth, (and in line with our Environmental Policy) applicants living in that area are preferred.


About Open Book


Since March 2013 Open Book (openbookreading.com) has run shared reading and creative writing sessions for adults. In our 2022/23 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 8 shared reading+creative writing sessions in Eyemouth 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 September/early October and to deliver 8 monthly workshops from October onwards.



The successful candidate will be contracted to deliver 8 x 2 hr shared reading+creative writing workshops in the Open Book model in Eyemouth across a 12 month period. The fee in respect of each workshop (including preparation, delivery and post session feedback) is £200. Five training hours – including compulsory training in the model – will be funded at £30 per hour. No travel costs will be provided.


Lead Readers are also 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 will be available to Lead Readers in this respect.


Application Process

  • Preference will be given to applicants living and/or working in or near Eyemouth
  • 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 7th September
  • Please direct any questions relating to the application to admin@openbookreading.com.