Exciting Opportunity for Readers in Residence ~ Deadline 2nd September 2011

23 August 2011

Exciting Opportunity for Readers in Residence ~ Deadline 2nd September 2011

Fixed Fee:
£1,800 per month working 19 hours per week over a six month period

Shetland Arts Development Agency has been commissioned by Creative Scotland to deliver a programme of Reading Residencies in five library services across Scotland. The programme is part of the Creative Futures programme of Artist Residencies, which is itself part of Creative Scotland's Talent Development Investment Stream.

We are seeking to recruit five resident readers to work in libraries between November 2011 and April 2012.  These could be public libraries, school libraries, prison libraries - any library providing a public service.  The Reader in Residence will stimulate reading activities and interest in the written word, engaging individuals, groups and library customers of varying ages and interests.  The nature of the residencies will be shaped by the particular aptitudes and interests of the Reader and the needs of the library service and its communities. Potential applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have developed ideas in partnership with a named Library Service and that the Library Service supports their application.

We will be open to submissions from anywhere in Scotland; however the selection process will be informed by our aim to have a spread of residencies that will take in urban, rural and remote areas, including islands.

How to apply:

Applicants must apply by letter, describing their ideas and plans for the residency and enclosing a full CV to the address in contact section below.

Applications can be sent electronically in the first instance, but should be followed up with a hard copy. Electronic applications should be e-mailed to: Donald Anderson (donald.anderson@shetlandarts.org).

Please include a short letter or statement of support from the library service with which you plan to work.

We will also ask you to fill in a confidential equal opportunities monitoring form.

Your letter should also give the names and contact details of two referees whom we would only contact should you be considered for one of the residencies following interview.


Applications should be received by 5pm Friday 2nd September 2011, and interviews are likely to take place the week beginning 19th September 2011.


For further information contact:

Further information about requirements can be downloaded from: http://www.shetlandarts.org/opportunities/readers-in-residence 


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