Essex Library Author in Residence recruitment

Inspire Teenagers, Ignite Creativity! Be part of an exciting literary adventure!

Essex Libraries seeks an Author in Residence to champion their service and engage teenagers across the county. Are you passionate about storytelling, community outreach, and inspiring the next generation of readers and writers? This could be the perfect opportunity for you!


As our Author in Residence, you’ll be the face of Essex Libraries, advocating for the power of books and reading to enrich lives. Your mission? To attract teenage audiences, foster connectivity through words, and design engaging activities that captivate and inspire young adults.


  • Deliver a dynamic programme of author/book events and creative activities over one year
  • Generate events that focus on teenagers of ages 12-17
  • Bring communities into libraries, enriching cultural activities and promoting library usage.
  • Reach out to local schools and other settings to engage with young people and promote the library service
  • Collaborate with the library service to deliver inclusive, teenage-focused activities.
  • Reach teenage audiences and foster a positive relationship between them and the library service.

Who are we looking for?

  • We seek a passionate and inspiring author, who will be work- based in Essex
  • You may be an established author, or you may be up and coming.
  • You should possess strong communication skills, adaptability, and approachability. Experience working with both adults and young people is essential.

Desirable Skills:

  • A strong social media presence and self-promotion skills.
  • Access to own transport.

Job Specification:

  • One-year residency working 1 day per month.
  • Author fee: £283 per day plus travel expenses to and from Chelmsford
  • Preparation time included in daily rate.

Essential skills

  • Being work based in Essex
  • Car driver

How to Apply:

Submit an Expression of Interest including your CV, a workshop plan example, links to your social media presence/website, and details of your publications.

Apply by 3rd June 2024 (11am) to [email protected]

Join us in fostering a love of reading, creativity, and community engagement across Essex Libraries. Apply now and be part of our exciting journey!