Birnam Book Festival 2022 Line Up News

March 4th 2022

We’re excited to be able to welcome audiences back to Birnam Arts for the Birnam Book Festival (20th-22nd May 2022) for the first time since November 2019.

Every year, volunteers from the committee create a festival that is an inclusive event for all ages, where audiences can participate in workshops, lively discussions with authors or just sit back and listen to inspiring speakers and enjoy great music.

We’re delighted to announce the following events, which will take place at Birnam Arts across the weekend:

  • A programme for children and families, including Kate Leiper, our inaugural Illustrator in Residence, James Robertson, Nicola Wright, Molly Arbuthnott, and the Women of Dunkeld book project.
  • Mara Menzies performing her award-winning show ‘Blood and Gold’.
  • Crime writer Louise Welsh with her long-awaited novel, ‘The Second Cut’.
  • Saltire Society Award winning author, James Robertson on his latest novel ‘The News of the Dead’, with filmmaker, Anthony Baxter.
  • ’Homelands’ by Chitra Ramaswamy, an award-winning journalist and author. Her second novel explores themes of history, friendship and what it means to belong.
  • ‘The Living Mountain’, an evocative, uplifting and compelling audio-visual performance by Jenny Sturgeon, inspired by Nan Shepherd’s nature writing masterpiece.
  • Devi Sridhar, Professor and Chair of Public Health at University of Edinburgh, and member of Scottish Government Covid-19 advisory group, has been highly praised for her role in communicating science to the public. ‘Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One’ is Professor Sridhar’s important and illuminating book, considered the definitive account of the pandemic so far.
  • We’ll be raising the curtain on our first ever Cabaret Night- a musical, poetry and spoken word extravaganza, hosted by Tim Turnbull and featuring Alan Bissett, Andy Jackson, Jon Plunkett and local musicians.

Patron of the Birnam Book Festival and bestselling author, Fiona Valpy said:
“We’re very excited to be back at Birnam Arts this May. While we delivered online events during the pandemic, there’s nothing quite like having a live audience. This year’s programme is packed with great authors, panels and performances. With our varied, vibrant programme, we’re looking forward to recapturing the buzz of our previous festivals.”

The full programme will be available at Tickets will be on sale soon from Birnam Arts at or by calling the box office on 01350 727 674 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
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Birnam Book Festival poster 2022