Scottish Book Trust has announced that the Live Literature fee will increase from £150 to £175 with effect from 1 January 2017.
A 2014 study by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society reported that the median earnings of an author are now just £11,000, which is down 29% since 2005 and well below the living wage.
In Scotland, the recent Creative Scotland Literature Review in 2015 found the figure in Scotland to be substantially below this at just £6,000 per annum.
Scottish Book Trust believes that writers, storytellers and illustrators should be paid fairly for the important work that they do and want to support them.
Literature Alliance Scotland fully endorses Scottish Book Trust’s view.
More information about the Scottish Book Trust fee increase can be found on the Scottish Book Trust website here.