We remain dedicated to promoting and encouraging the love of books, for readers of all ages, in Birnam, Dunkeld and beyond. For now, however, the Birnam Book Festival has moved online. Kate Williams, Jenni Calder, Christopher Brookmyre, Linda Cracknell, Jamie Jauncey, and James Robertson have all participated in our events since May. Learn about our online activity here on our website and join us for more as we accompany each other through these challenging times.
We hope our online events offer you a meaningful distraction from wider news and coronavirus concerns, and we look forward to gathering again, in person, when the time is right.
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The Birnam Book Festival was created by the bookish folks at Birnam Arts and The Birnam Reader Bookshop to showcase literature from Scotland and beyond in our beautiful corner of Perthshire, nestled between the hills and the great River Tay. The area already features strongly in literary history, inspiring writers from William Shakespeare and John Ruskin to Beatrix Potter, and the unique environment continues to attract a multitude of contemporary authors, poets, musicians and songwriters.
Our Festival is an inclusive event for all ages, where the audience can participate in workshops, lively discussions with authors or just sit back and listen to inspiring speakers or enjoy great music with a literary theme. The very first Birnam Book Festival, held November 2018, proved a sparkling success. Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Dean Burnett, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger. To celebrate its inauguration of the first Birnam Book Festival, a sold out Anniversary Event was held on 23rd November 2019, featuring author/artist Karine Polwart, Kate Leiper and Tom Mole.