Opening Night

Non Fiction
Date: Friday 20th May
Time: 6.30pm-10.00pm

6:30 Opening Night
6:45 Welcome and official opening by Fiona Valpy
7:30 Prof Devi Sridhar in the Main Hall, presented by Jess Pepper followed by Q&A

Venue: Birnam Arts Main Hall
Cost: £12


The Birnam Book Festival is back at Birnam Arts! We’re delighted to have live audiences returning to celebrate books, music and poetry. Book Festival Patron and bestselling author Fiona Valpy welcomes us to this special evening event, presenting:

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Devi Sridhar: ‘Preventable: How A Pandemic Changed The World & How to Stop The Next One’.

Devi Sridhar is Professor and Chair of Public Health at University of Edinburgh, and member of Scottish Government Covid-19 advisory group. In ‘Preventable’ she highlights lessons learned from outbreaks past and present in a narrative that traces the COVID-19 pandemic – including her personal experience as a scientist – and sets out a vision for how we can better protect ourselves from the inevitable health crises to come. Chair: Jess Pepper, independent public affairs consultant, climate advocate, and founder/Director of Climate Café. Jess is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Socety.

Preventable - Devi Sridhar
And introducing:

Kate Leiper, 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’. Kate will be with us throughout the Birnam Book Festival for presentations and community activity.

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Kate Leiper