Events 2020

BBF Writer in Residence

Birnam Book Festival Announces New Virtual Event

Write a short story with Linda Cracknell

The Big Book Weekend

This three-day virtual festival debuted in May 2020

Renowned author, historian and television presenter Kate Williams represented the Birnam Book Festival.

Big Book Weekend logo
Kate Williams
Birnam Book Festival Day

Birnam Book Festival Marks First Anniversary

Scotland’s newest book festival celebrated its first year on the literary calendar with a full day of special events at Birnam Arts on 23rd November, 2019.

Karine Polwart was the featured author/artist for the anniversary day. The seven-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards is also a spoken-word performer, storyteller, theatre-maker and published essayist. Polwart hosted one-off solo evening exclusively for the Birnam Book Festival, featuring songs with literary connections, conversation and storytelling. With her Scottish Songbook album hitting the Top 40, this rare opportunity for an intimate audience with one of Scotland’s most in-demand artists quickly sold out.

In the morning, Polwart was joined by acclaimed illustrator Kate Leiper to share their new picture book, “A Wee Bird Was Watching”. In the afternoon, writer Tim Mole discussed his treasure trove for book lovers, “The Secret Life of Books“. He was joined by noted author, editor and columnist Magnus Linklater CBE, along with authors Fiona Valpy and Jamie Jauncey to explore the evolution of books, from classics to kindle.

The next full Birnam Book Festival will be held in 2021.
Birnam Book Festival 2020 weekend pass update

Gift Card Update. If you purchased in advance a Birnam Book Festival May 2020 Weekend Pass ticket you will be contacted and offered the opportunity of a full refund or to carry forward the pass to the next Book Festival. For further information please contact:

Nov 2019 Events

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart ~ Words and Music

Tom Mole

The Secret Life of Books with Tom Mole

A Wee Bird Was Watching

A Wee Bird Was Watching

Birnam Book Festival, Nov 2018

Birnam Book Festival Nov 2018