We originally looked into the possibility of postponing the festival until later in the year. However the unprecedented nature of this Coronavirus crisis raises many concerns about when it will be safe to host such a public gathering. We will review our options for re-launching the festival when we have more information on the developing situation. We hope to do this next May. Watch this space and keep an eye on our Facebook page: @Birnambookfest
While the festival is resting, along with so many cultural events, we remain dedicated to our mission to promote and encourage the study, appreciation and knowledge of literature in Birnam, Dunkeld and surrounding districts. We can’t meet up face-to-face but there are other ways for us to gather in the meantime. We are exploring using online media to create public readings and other presentations such as virtual writing classes, workshops and outreach work. We are fortunate to be welcoming Linda Cracknell as our Writer in Residence and she will help us develop and champion this work for the remainder of 2020.
Above all, we hope you remain well in every way during these difficult days and we urge you to support each other and turn to your beloved books during self-isolation. Remember Frazer Williams at The Birnam Reader has a great variety of writing for you to discover. We’re sure he will facilitate essential deliveries as we negotiate these challenging weeks, and be ready to serve us coffee, cake and books when we come out the other side.
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.