The Alternative School Writer in Residence

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Freelance contract, 2.5 days per week during term time
Contract dates: August 2022 - June 2023
Fee: £10,000 (plus expenses)

Edinburgh International Book Festival and The Alternative School at Spartans Community Football Academy are seeking to appoint a Writer in Residence. Following a successful short-term residency as part of the Book Festival’s Citizen Programme in 2020/21 we are now seeking to develop a longer-term residency, placing a writer at The Spartans Alternative School for the full 22-23 academic year on a two day per week basis. 

The Writer in Residence will engage with the young people, aged 14-16, on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis, in diverse ways, to learn what stories they have to tell, what ideas of place and neighbourhood they may have, and to support them to share these stories and ideas as they choose.  

At the Book Festival, 'writer' encapsulates a diverse range of creative literary outputs: novelist, poet, non-fiction writer, illustrator, comic creator, spoken word artist etc, and producing work for all ages of audiences and readers. For this role we are particularly interested in applications from writers who have experience of working with young people who face barriers to education and/or trauma-experienced young people.

Download the Alternative School Writer in Residence Job Description (.pdf)
Download our How to Apply document (.pdf)

Apply to:

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 6 May
Interviews: w/c Monday 23 May

If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact Noëlle Cobden on



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