We remain dedicated to promoting and encouraging the love of books, for readers of all ages, in Birnam, Dunkeld and beyond. The Birnam Book Festival continues to deliver a variety of online events, with participants including Kate Williams, Jenni Calder, Christopher Brookmyre, Linda Cracknell, Jamie Jauncey, James Robertson, Fiona Valpy, and Jane Archer. Keep up with our online activity on this site and also via our social media channels:
We hope our presence online has helped to provide meaningful distraction from wider news and coronavirus concerns. This goes without saying: we are massively looking forward to sharing a celebratory programme with you when we gather once again, in person, in 2022.
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.