Andrew Forster taught creative writing and literature for a number of organisations, including WEA Scotland, Edinburgh University Centre for Continuing Education and Community Education Departments throughout Scotland. He developed a number of community writing projects, including Midlothian Faces, Voices, Lives, a creative writing project based on oral history testimonies, and was Writer in Residence at Summerlee Industrial Heritage Museum in Coatbridge, editing the anthology Imagining Industry. He was a founder memberof the performance group The Portobello Poets, organising readings in the Portobello and East Lothian areas of Scotland.
In 2008 he moved to Cumbria to become Literature Officer at the Wordsworth Trust.
- Working to make links between contemporary and classic literature, thorugh initiatives like the annual Arts & Book weekend and readings in Dove Cottage
- Setting up the Cumbrian Literature Development Network