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Last November, the very first Birnam Book Festival was a sparkling success. Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger.

The next full festival weekend will take place here at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2020, but to mark the first anniversary of its inauguration, the Festival is hosting a very special day of events including readings, interviews and workshops for readers of all ages..... Karine Polwart tops the bill on Saturday 23rd November but further daytime events and authors will be announced very soon, so be sure to follow both Birnam Arts and The Birnam Book Festival across all the social media channels...

To whet the appetite for next year's festival a reminder of just a few of the highlights from last November....

"Other authors, some relatively local, some from elsewhere in the UK, brought poetry, romantic and crime fiction, psychology, science, social commentary, music and children’s events. Of the visitors, some bought weekend passes and went to every possible event. Others dipped in and out. Birnam Arts buzzed from Friday evening till late Sunday afternoon."

Jamie Jauncey - A Few Kind Words

Karine Polwart - Words & Music

Birnam Book Festival presents
Karine Polwart - Words & Music
Saturday 23rd November 7.30pm
£18 + £1 Booking Fee

Last November, the very first Birnam Book Festival was a sparkling success.  Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger.  The next full festival weekend will take place here at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May, but to mark the first anniversary of its inauguration, the Festival is hosting a very special day of events including readings, interviews and workshops for readers of all ages.

We are delighted to be welcoming songwriter and musician Karine Polwart, curating an event exclusively for the Birnam Book Festival. The six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Folk Singer of the Year in 2018, is also a spoken-word performer, storyteller, theatre-maker and published essayist. Karine will host a one-off solo evening of songs with literary connections, conversation storytelling. This is a rare opportunity for an intimate audience with an artist who is very much in demand.

"One of our most lyrically striking, and significant, artists." The List

This concert is made possible in part by Golden Decanters in support of the Woodland Trust Scotland.

More information on daytime events and authors will be announced in October – so remember to check our website at www.birnambookfestival.com

Price: General Admission £18.00

Date: 23/11/2019

A Wee Bird Was Watching

Birnam Book Festival presents: KATE LEIPER & KARINE POLWART ~ A Wee Bird Was Watching ~ a family friendly interactive workshop
Saturday 23rd November 11-12 am
£5 + £1 Booking Fee

Last November, the very first Birnam Book Festival was a sparkling success.  Top names appearing included Jenny Colgan, Stuart Cosgrove, Darren McGarvey and international folk music legend Peggy Seeger.  The next full festival weekend will take place here at Birnam Arts from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May, but to mark the first anniversary of its inauguration, the Festival is hosting a very special day of events including readings, interviews and workshops for readers of all ages.

More information on daytime events and authors will be announced in October – so remember to check our website at www.birnambookfestival.com

Price: General Admission £5.00

Date: 23/11/2019

THE SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS, with TOM MOLE and Guests

Birnam Book Festival presents
The Secret Life of Books... with Tom Mole and guests
November 23rd 4-5.30 pm 

Tickets £10 + £1 Booking Fee

Birnam Book Festival 23-25th November

Birnam Book Festival is very excited to welcome Tom Mole, author of the bestselling 'Secret Life of Books' to kick off a fabulous launch event on Saturday 23rd November at 4pm.

Tom's witty and knowledgeable work explores how books transform us as individuals, how books – and readers – have evolved over time, and why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power to change our lives. He's looked at everything from binding innovations to binding errors, to books defaced by lovers, to those imprisoning professors in their offices, to books in art, to burned books, to the books that create nations, and to those we’ll leave behind.

Followed by a panel discussion with Tom, and a trio of highly successful locally based authors who just happen to be the patrons of our Book Festival - Fiona Valpy, Magnus Linklater, and Jamie Jauncey.

More information on daytime events and authors will be announced in October – so remember to check our website at www.birnambookfestival.com

Price: General Admission £10.00

Date: 23/11/2019

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