A collective voice for literature and languages in Scotland

Tenders invited for Freelancer Impact Study

Literature Alliance Scotland invites tender submissions for an impact study and report that will demonstrate the contribution of freelancers to the literature, languages and publishing sector in Scotland in terms of their economic and social value.

The study will aim to bridge a gap in knowledge by gathering qualitative and quantitative data on creative freelancers, including disabled freelancers, working in the literary sector in Scotland. It will then be used to share the best practice recommendations on how sector organisations can do more to support freelancers and provide more accessible and inclusive opportunities.

As part of our advocacy work, the findings will be shared widely and actively promoted to LAS members, sector organisations and industry stakeholders, including policy makers and universities as well as other arts organisations, arts researchers and advocates seeking comparative studies, to funders and the general and arts  media.

The deadline for tenders is 12 noon on Monday 28 February 2022. The final report will be required by Fri 1 July 2022.

About LAS

Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) is a membership organisation committed to advancing the interests of Scotland’s literature and languages at home and abroad. We are Scotland’s largest literary network with more than 30 members: Members and Network Associates.

The Role
As a research consultant you will:

  • Liaise with the dedicated LAS subcommittee and the Project and Communications Manager to develop the study’s content and direction, including scope and methodology
  • Design, share and evaluate an online survey sent to LAS members, freelance networks and related organisations
  • Work remotely to conduct research and interviews as required
  • Analyse data gathered to assess impact
  • Draw conclusions in response to the findings
  • Create a final written report including best practice recommendations

What we’re looking for:

  • A demonstrable track record in research and report writing preferably within an arts sector context
  • The ability to analyse and interpret different types of information and convert them into a coherent, concise and easily accessible report for the general reader.
  • The ability to consult and liaise with key stakeholders
  • Ideally, experience of working with a similar network and your own industry and freelance connections/contacts
  • Knowledge of the Scottish literature, languages and publishing sector or the culture sector in Scotland
  • The ability to work efficiently and deliver the final report in a timely manner. 


The budget available for research and writing, including VAT and any expenses, is £6,000.


The final report should be submitted by Friday 1 July 2022 with a view to publishing the report by end July 2022.

Tender Submissions

Tenders should be submitted by email to admin@literaturealliancescotland.co.uk by 12 noon on Monday 28 February 2022. The proposal – of no more than three sides of A4 – should include:

  • How you will deliver the project
  • A timeline with a breakdown of tasks for delivery
  • PLUS a copy of your CV and any other parties involved in delivering the project. Each CV should be a maximum of 2 A4 pages.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their full brief at a Zoom meeting on Friday 18 March 2022. Prior to submission, interested parties can contact Jenny Kumar, Projects and Communications Manager at LAS with questions about the project, evaluation or tender process.

Download the full details here.
January 31, 2022

Summit to Debate Promotion of Scotland’s Literature & Books Overseas

A Summit to debate how Scotland’s literature sector should promote its writing and writers overseas is set to take place on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Taking place during Book Week Scotland, the Summit is hosted by Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS), Scotland’s largest network of literature and languages organisations.

Dr. Alasdair Allan MSP, Scotland’s Minister for International Development and Europe, will open the event that brings together – for the first time – writers, publishers, literature organisations and the main public agencies in Scotland with a responsibility for the international promotion of Scotland’s literature and languages.

Author and publisher James Robertson will deliver a keynote speech. Speakers also include non-fiction award-winning writer Dr. Gavin Francis, poet Kathleen Jamie and children’s author Vivian French, publishers Canongate and Birlinn, literature organisations Publishing Scotland, Edinburgh International Book Festival and Association of Scottish Literary Studies, and public bodies and agencies Creative Scotland, British Council and Scottish Development International. The full programme is here.

The ‘by invitation’ Summit responds to recommendation 31 of Creative Scotland’s Literature and Publishing Review, published in June 2015, to ‘lay the groundwork for a strategic and coordinated international presence.’

Minister for International Development and Europe, Dr Allan said: “The Scottish Government is committed to supporting Scotland’s literature internationally. This event will bring together for the first time public agencies, writers and literary organisations to discuss ways to strengthen the presence of Scotland’s literature and publishing on the international stage.

“I look forward to opening this event and being part of the discussions on how we can work together to promote our literary culture at every possible opportunity.”

Donald Smith, Vice-Chair of LAS said: “The issue of Scotland’s international presence has been discussed a great deal over the years. This Summit marks the first time that the key players will be together in the same space with the same goal of agreeing what needs to be done and how we might work together to do it.

“We’re honoured to welcome Dr Allan MSP to open the day and look forward to hearing from a range of different voices across the sector – both speakers and delegates. We don’t expect to find an answer in only one day, but we’re ambitious to reach a consensus of how we move forward practically, which is a step in the right direction.”

Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland, said: “Writing from Scotland, both historic and contemporary, is recognised worldwide for its excellence. However, a stronger, more visible and better coordinated international presence would bring benefit for Scottish writers, publisher and organisations alike, which in turn is of benefit to Scottish culture and society as a whole. This view was voiced across the sector during the consultation commissioned by Creative Scotland in 2015, so it’s terrific to see that work is being made tangible via the upcoming summit. There is a range of partners with a vested interest in working towards this goal and having everyone brought together is of enormous value. I look forward to a vibrant discussion, which foregrounds the strengths on which we can build, and lays the foundations for a practical approach in the future.”


Issued by JK Consultancy on behalf of Literature Alliance Scotland. For further information, please contact LAS Communications Officer Jenny Kumar on 07989 557198 / jenny@jkconsultancy.com

Notes to Editor

  • Published in July 2015, Creative Scotland’s Literature Sector Review provides an overview of contemporary literature provision, reflecting the successes and the distinct qualities of Literature and Publishing in Scotland whilst at the same time identifying development needs, future challenges and opportunities, which will help inform the future work to best support literature and publishing in Scotland.
  • The Review produced a broad spread of recommendations aimed at improving the health of literature in Scotland and sustaining the sector as a vibrant and resonant form of cultural expression, and as an important creative industry. It covers a range of areas including writers, the publishing industry, developing readers, the sector ecology and the international promotion and development of Scottish writing.
  • This event responds to a recommendation with the review that leading literature institutions and publishers convene a summit for laying the groundwork for a strategic and coordinated international presence. More info here:
  • http://www.creativescotland.com/resources/our-publications/sector-reviews/literature-and-publishing-sector-review

Literature Alliance Scotland, a membership organisation, represents the principal literature and languages organisations in Scotland, and is committed to advancing their interests at home and abroad. We exist to provide a strong, trusted collective voice on their behalf. Formed in Spring 2015, LAS is a successor to the Literature Forum for Scotland.

For further information visit www.literaturealliancescotland.co.uk or follow us @LitScotland

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

Working with a range of partners, it is delivered by Scottish Book Trust, a national charity changing lives through reading and writing. Scottish Book Trust believes that books and reading have the power to change lives. As a national charity, we inspire and support the people of Scotland to read and write for pleasure. For more information about Book Week Scotland, visit www.bookweekscotland.com. Follow @Bookweekscot on Twitter, check out #bookweekscot or like the Book Week Scotland Facebook page.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland, please visit www.creativescotland.com Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland

November 15, 2016