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Birnam Book Festival - Weekend Pass

BIRNAM BOOK FESTIVAL - WEEKEND PASS
Friday 23rd / Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th November
Individual Event Tickets from £5 to £15
Weekend Passes £85 (limited edition; includes Friday evening pre-event reception) 

The inaugural Birnam Book Festival celebrates our local literary heritage and modern writing of all kinds – novels to non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, and brand new releases.  Our amazing line-up includes: Music & media pundit Stuart Cosgrove, bestselling novelist and Dr Who scriptwriter Jenny Colgan, 2018 Orwell Prize winner Darren McGarvey, award-winning poet Don Paterson, folk music legend Peggy Seeger, plus workshops, pop-up events, a shuttle bus to the Corbenic Community Advent Fair (hand-crafted Christmas gifts) and much, much more!

Click here to buy a weekend pass or SCROLL DOWN to check out the full list of individual events and ticket prices.

 

Birnam Book Festival 23-25th November

 

Price: Workshop Fee £85.00

Date: 23/11/2018

School's Out!!! David MacPhail

School's Out!!! with David MacPhail
Friday 23rd November
Birnam Arts Library 4pm-5pm
Tickets £3

David Macphail Birnam Book Festival

Children's author David MacPhail gets the first ever Birnam Book Festival off to a rollicking start!  Suitable for 5-11 year olds.

Price: General Admission £3.00

Date: 23/11/2018

Birnam Book Festival - official opening & reception

Birnam Book Festival - Official Opening & Reception
Friday 23rd November
Birnam Arts Hall 6pm - 10.30pm

Tickets £15

Come along to the official opening of our inaugural book festival to enjoy wine and a buffet followed by two exceptional authors and one unique musical experience:

 Peter Dorward: The Human Kind
A Doctor's Stories

Jenny Colgan: An Island Christmas
Contemporary Fiction

Jenny Colgan: An Island Christmas

 

The Gutenburgs: Musical Tales

Price: General Admission £15.00

Date: 23/11/2018

Christmas Fairy Tales: Pauline Tait

Christmas Fairy Tales: Pauline Tait
Saturday 24th November
Potters Junction 10am - 11am
Tickets £4

 

Price: General Admission £4.00

Date: 24/11/2018

Brunch Of Poets: Don Paterson, Tim Turnbull and Rebecca Sharp

A Brunch of Poets:
Don Paterson, Tim Turnbull and Rebecca Sharp
Saturday 24th November
10.30am - noon 
John Kinnaird Hall
Tickets £11

Enjoy a tasty buffet brunch in the company of three of Scotland's finest practitioners discussing and delivering poetic licence - all in good taste.  Chaired by Robert Rowland-Smith

 

Price: General Admission £11.00

Date: 24/11/2018

The Station Mouse: Meg McLaren

The Station Mouse comes to Potter's Junction!
with Meg McLaren 
Children's Reading & Activities
Saturday 24th November
11.30am - 12.30pm 
in the Beatrix Potter Exhibition
Tickets £5

Meg brings her wonderful creations alive in the home of children's storytelling.  Suitable for under 10 years-old.  Ticket includes entry to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition play area after the event.

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 24/11/2018

Words at Work - Jamie Jauncey

Words at Work - Jamie Jauncey 
Creative Writing For Business
Saturday 24th November
Noon - 1.00pm 
The Studio
Tickets £5

 

We spend a huge amount of our lives at work and often surrounded by words.  Founder and partner of the Dark Angels consultancy,  award-winning novelist and writer Jamie Jauncey believes in bringing creativity to working lives to make a more enjoyable, fulfilling experience for your customers, your colleagues - and yourself.

 

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 24/11/2018

Bodies Talk: Lin Anderson & Lorna Dawson

Bodies Talk: Lin Anderson & Lorna Dawson
Crime & Forensics
The John Kinnaird Hall
Saturday 24th November
2:30pm-3:30pm
£7

Top 'Tartan Noir' author Lin Anderson in conversation with forensic scientist Lorna Dawson

 

Price: General Admission £7.00

Date: 24/11/2018

First Time Ever... Peggy Seeger

First Time Ever... Peggy Seeger
Folk Music Legend
The John Kinnaird Hall
Saturday 24th November
1pm - 2pm
£8

©Vicki Sharp Photography

 

An autobiography that covers a great life well lived.  A leading figure who put American folk music at the heart of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s, she was also the seminal singer, musician and activist who inspired the song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.  Do not miss living legend Peggy Seeger in conversation with our own multi-award winning folk music DJ, Fiona Ritchie.

Price: General Admission £8.00

Date: 24/11/2018

The War On Drugs: Don Paterson, Darren McGarvey, Anna Ross

The War On Drugs: Don Paterson, Darren McGarvey, Anna Ross
The John Kinnaird Hall
Saturday 24th November
4pm - 5.30pm
£5

It's over 45 years since Richard Nixon declared "war on drugs".   Ronald Reagan stepped it up in the 1980s with "Just Say No" and military interventions in Latin America.  In the 21st century it has been used as a rationale for the continuing occupation of Afghanistan.  Meanwhile street drugs are more readily available than ever and the opioid crisis spreads even to the affluent suburbs of the Western World.   Consensus on drugs policy is breaking down.  How have art and literature influenced perceptions of this movement?   Readings, music and discussion of this hot topic will be chaired by Drew Campbell and feature poet Don Paterson, rapper, activist and author Darren 'Loki' McGarvey and academic writer Anna Ross
Note: This session is linked to a worldwide series of events organised via the Berlin International Literature Festival.

Anna Ross

 

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 24/11/2018

Wayfaring Strangers... and Friends: Peggy Seeger, Alan Reid, Jon Plunkett, Fiona Ritchie

Wayfaring Strangers... and Friends:  Fiona Ritchie with Peggy Seeger, Alan Reid and Jon Plunkett
Music, Poetry and Drinks
The John Kinnaird Hall
Saturday 24th November
8pm - 10.30pm
£12

Fiona guides us through a musical conversation with Grammy-award winning legend Peggy Seeger, exploring common themes and tunes that have travelled the world. Joining them is Battlefield Band icon Alan Reid, who also accompanies Irish poet and musician Jon Plunkett.

Alan Reid

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Price: General Admission £12.00

Date: 24/11/2018

Robert Rowland Smith: AutoBioPhilosophy

Robert Rowland Smith: AutoBioPhilosophy
Philosophy / Biography
The Studio
Saturday 24th November
3pm-4pm
£5

Robert Rowland Smith's acclaimed book has opened doors for its many readers: Biography reflecting on philosophical questions... and back again.

 

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 24/11/2018

Fox Girl: Victoria Williamson

Fox Girl: Victoria Williamson
Children's Fiction
The Library
Sunday 25th November
10am - 11am
£3

 

Price: General Admission £3.00

Date: 25/11/2018

Tall Tales & Tall Trees: Linda Cracknell & Claire Hewitt

Tall Tales & Tall Trees: Linda Cracknell & Claire Hewitt
Storytelling Workshop for Adults
Birnam Wood (Studio if the weather is bad)
Sunday 25th November
10.30am - 12.00 noon
£10

Linda Cracknell is an acclaimed travel writer, novelist and playwright.  Claire Hewitt is a storyteller, writer and folklorist.  Friends and neighbours for years, this is the first time they've worked together on a project - a one-off creative writing and storytelling workshop exclusive to the Birnam Book Festival.  And what better place than Birnam to talk about tall trees and tall tales?  Come along and open your mind to a forest of inspiration with a walk through the ancient Birnam Wood then back to Birnam Arts for soup and stories - our soup, your stories!  Places are limited - and remember to bring your wellies for the walk!

 

Linda Cracknell

 

Price: General Admission £10.00

Date: 25/11/2018

Nine Pints - A Bloody Good Brunch: Rose George

A Bloody Good Brunch - 'Nine Pints' with Rose George
The John Kinnaird Hall
Sunday 25th November
10.30am - 12.00pm
£11

Rose George, best selling author of The Big Necessity, takes us on her latest fantastic voyage with her new book Nine Pints, from leeches and quackery through scandal and superstition to breakthroughs  and brilliance in this absorbing investigation of blood. Sparkling reviews of her much anticipated new work make this a "book early" event.  And there's a bloody good buffet brunch included in the price!
Rose George: Nine Pints Rose George

 

 

Price: General Admission £11.00

Date: 25/11/2018

Creative Writers: Lesley Wilson, Jane Archer and Ali Matheson

Creative Writers: Lesley Wilson, Jane Archer and Ali Matheson
Creative Writing
The Library
Sunday 25th November
12 noon - 1.00 pm
FREE EVENT (but booking advisable)

In the run-up to the first Birnam Book Festival, we've been running creative writing workshops with primary schools, teenagers, adults and pensioners.  Come along to this free event as all the participants come together with their respective tutors to share their poems, plays and prose.

 

Creative Writing

Price: General Admission £0.00

Date: 25/11/2018

The Happy Brain: Dean Burnett

The Happy Brain: Dean Burnett
The Neuroscience of Happiness 
The John Kinnaird Hall
Sunday 25th November
1pm - 2pm
£6

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett has the right attitude.  As a stand-up comedian he knows how to tickle your funny bone too - it's in your brain, apparently - as much as he knows how your olfactory senses stimulate your frontal cortex.  The Happy Brain is his follow-up to The Idiot Brain - and you'd be sad and daft to miss it!

Dean Burnette: The Happy Brain

 

Price: General Admission £6.00

Date: 25/11/2018

Great Scottish Lives: Magnus Linklater

Great Scottish Lives: Magnus Linklater
Biographies
The Studio
Sunday 25th November
1.30pm - 2.30pm
£5

Doyen of Scottish journalism - and now patron of Birnam Book Festival - Perthshire's own Magnus Linklater takes a modern lens to re-examine the lives of Scotland's most famous sons and daughters by way of their contemporaneous obituaries in 'The Times'.

Magnus Linklater: Great Scottish Lives

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 25/11/2018

Kindling for Authors: Fiona Valpy

Kindling for Authors: Fiona Valpy
Digital Publishing
The Studio
Sunday 25th November
2.45 pm - 3.30 pm
£5

Fiona Valpy has had two novels published in 2018: Sea of Memories and The Beekeeper's Promise.  Sales have now reached a phenomenal 100,000 copies EACH - a joint total of almost quarter of a million at time of writing.  Listen to Fiona read from her work, then join her in conversation with Jane Archer to discuss publishing's digital revolution and what it means for authors, publishers and for writing.

 

Fiona Valpy: The Bee Keepers Promise

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 25/11/2018

Poverty Safari: Darren McGarvey

Poverty Safari: Darren McGarvey
Activist and Social Commentator 
The John Kinnaird Hall
Sunday 25th November
3 pm - 4 pm
£8

2018 saw rap artist Loki transform almost overnight into literary star Darren McGarvey.  Winning The Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious non-fiction award, has catapulted Darren into the intellectual firmament, lauded by everyone from Nicola Sturgeon to JK Rowling.   But like most overnight successes it came through a long, tough road, a journey he documents in Poverty Safari - part memoir, part satire, part polemic - all in electrifying prose.

Do. Not. Miss.

Price: General Admission £8.00

Date: 25/11/2018

From Detroit to Harlem: Stuart Cosgrove

From Detroit to Harlem: Stuart Cosgrove
Soul Music & Civil Rights
The John Kinnaird Hall
Sunday 25th November
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm
£8

You may know Stuart Cosgrove from his funny football punditry on Radio Scotland, but he's a serious player in the media world and an even more serious fan of soul music.  Harlem '69 is the final book in his trilogy tracking the relationship between soul music and the black civil rights movement of the 1960s.  Detriot '67 met with universal acclaim on its publication and Memphis '68 won the 2018 Penderyn Music Book Prize.  Chaired by author and musician Jamie Jauncey.

Stuart Cosgrove: Harlem 69 The Future of Soul  Stuart Cosgrove: Memphis 68 The Tragedy of Southern Soul Stuart Cosgrove: Detroit 67 The Year that Changed Soul Stuart Cosgrove

Price: General Admission £8.00

Date: 25/11/2018

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