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 2019, 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.
The next full festival weekend will take place here at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2020. The May 2020 Festival Program is soon to be announced however given our November Event was a sold out success, we have made available a limited number of early bird Weekend Passes.