Edinburgh Exchange

The Edinburgh Exchange is a chance for literary programmers from the Edinburgh and Melbourne Cities of Literature to share skills, ideas and opportunities. 

Hosted in August 2018 by Edinburgh, and in 2020 by Melbourne, selected programmers will be able to exchange knowledge, build international ties, see a range of shows and explore the industry.

The selected recipients will receive $4000 AU towards travel expenses as well as the opportunity to billet with an Edinburgh Representative.


The Program

As part of the trip, visiting programmers will have the opportunity to:

  • discuss best practice with other literary programmers
  • see venues, events, and have the opportunity to network at the Edinburgh International Book Festival — the largest of its kind in the world — as well as the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals.
  • take part in a public event
  • scout for international talent
  • understand Scotland’s creative communities and how they interact with each other
  • exchange knowledge with local communities and bring back what they've learned to their home cities.


Who can apply?

Please note this funding is available to individuals not organisations and applicants must be Victorian residents working in the literary sector impacting Melbourne as City of Literature.


 10th August

  • Arrival, welcoming drinks and orientation.

 11th August

  • Opening day of the Edinburgh Book Festival, sample events and opening party.

 12th August

  • Day: informal seminar session with local lit programmers with a focus on formats.
  • Evening: Fringe shows.

 13th August

  • Visit to Edinburgh venues and libraries.

 14th August

  • Day: informal seminar session with local lit programmers with a focus on audiences, marketing and diversity.
  • Evening: Book Festival networking.

 15th August

  • Day: free day to see events.
  • Evening: public panel event at the Book Festival.

 16th August

  • Day in Glasgow (City of Music) including a meeting with the music and cabaret scene, plus visits to venues.

 17th August

  • Day in Dundee (City of Design) including a meeting with Literary Dundee and the Dundee Literary Festival programmers, plus visits to games and comics manufacturers.

 18th August

  • Free day to explore.

 19th August

  • Day: Meetings with the Edinburgh International Festival.
  • Evening: Leaving party with the city’s creative community groups.

 20th August

  • Departure.


Projected outcomes
The primary outcome of The Exchange will be the connections, conversation and potential for future collaboration. However, programmers from each city will be asked to write a short report which will be shared with their home city. This report will be available for use by others in the industry. Further, these reports will also be shared with the Cities of Literature network, to highlight the potential benefits and learning outcomes of the project.


How to apply

Applications are now closed


Application process

Applications must address the following questions:

  1. How do you contribute to Melbourne being a City of Literature?
  2. What do you hope to bring back to Melbourne from your time in Scotland?
  3. How will this benefit your professional development and the promotion of Melbourne as a City of Literature?
  4. What three organisations interest you the most in Edinburgh and why?

A one page biography is required with the opportunity to include one letter of support


Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria.

  1. The benefit to your professional development
  2. The potential impact on Melbourne as a City of Literature
  3. The potential impact on Edinburgh as a City of Literature

Applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee of representatives from Edinburgh City of Literature.

To be eligible applications must address all questions and criteria, and provide the required support material.

Decisions advised: April 2018

Successful applicants will also need to submit a short report detailing the success or otherwise of the project. Reports are due four weeks after the conclusion of the travel.