Illustrator in Residence for Birnam Book Festival

March 4th 2022

Birnam Book Festival is back from 20th –22nd May at Birnam Arts and we have an exciting announcement: Kate Leiper will be the festival’s inaugural Illustrator in Residence.

Kate is an award winning Edinburgh-based illustrator and artist, fascinated by myths and folklore and inspired by animals and nature. You can see her magical work in ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales’ and ‘An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures’. She appeared at our last Festival with Karine Polwart, illustrating live via screen projection as Karine narrated ‘A Wee Bird Was Watching.’ Look out for details of Kate’s plans with us in May, including a collaboration with James Robertson for ‘The Book of the Howlat’. (These books are all available at The Birnam Reader.)

Kate says ‘I’m really excited to be Birnam Book Festival’s first illustrator in Residence. When I’m not in the studio, I love getting out and about to meet fellow book readers and illustrators of all ages. Combining this with the chance to spend time in the beautiful surroundings of the Birnam Book Festival felt like a perfect fit. We have some great ideas for the festival to get people excited about books and illustrations. I’m looking forward to meeting you!”

Kate Leiper will be appearing throughout the Birnam Book Festival. The full programme will be available soon at Keep up to date with our line-up announcements on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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