Birnam Book Festival
Join us at Birnam Arts for a Birnam Book Festival extravaganza of poetry, spoken word, music and performance, hosted by Tim Turnbull.
Hosted by Tim Turnbull and featuring Alan Bissett, Andy Jackson, Jon Plunkett and local musicians, Gutenburgs.
Tim Turnbull has been performing his poetry, at home and abroad, for over twenty-five years. He has created stage shows, toured with slam teams, published in numerous anthologies and magazines,written supernatural fiction, and also paints and draws.
Alan Bissett is an accomplished novelist, playwright and performer. He is currently working on his fifth novel,The Coven and the Drowners, which he is hoping will be published sometime in 2023.
Andy Jackson is a Scottish poet and editor of several anthologies and web-based poetry projects, who was appointed as Makar to the Federation of Writers Scotland for 2017.
Jon Plunkett is a Perthshire poet. His work has appeared in numerous poetry journals, literary magazines and anthologies. Jon has also led the development of the Corbenic Poetry Path, ameandering trail through the Scottish Highlands near Dunkeld with poetry installations along theway. Jon has performed his poetry far and wide in poetry venues, distilleries, festivals, pubs, woods and Mongolian Yurts.
Gutenburgs invoke the enduring creative spirit of Steinbeck, Faulkner, Kerouac, Fitzgerald and many many more, as their songs invite listeners to engage with literary characters and their circumstance in a brand new way. Gutenbergs are Ali Mathieson (St. Christopher Medal) and Donny McElligott (SCM, New Madrids, Good Guy Hank).
Links to our Cafe, opening times and directions.
Welcome to Birnam Arts, a boutique multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue.
Pop in to the Foyer Cafe for breakfast, grab a delicious coffee with a selection of our homemade baking or enjoy a light lunch whilst browsing on the free WiFi. Wander upstairs to view the latest of our monthly art exhibitions before visiting the world of Beatrix Potter, or the Gift Shop to purchase a special gift for your loved ones or yourself!
Great exhibition and performance spaces. Lovely terrace and indoor seating with lots of light. Great food and drinks and even a garden next-door for a stroll afterwards. Like
John Kirkwood | Google Reviews
Located in the heart of Birnam Arts, our café is the meeting place and gathering space for everyone, from local friendly faces to new visitors from far and wide.
Wed-Sun | 10:00 - 16:30
The food scene in Dunkeld and Birnam is becoming a go-to for food lovers and we're proud to be part of the that story.
A wonderful local facility, always welcoming and friendly. Me and my girls have so many happy memories of ballet classes and shows here - we need to keep the magic going!
Jane Pasteur | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
BA Shop has a unique selection of gifts sourced both locally and from throughout Scotland. With a range of design, jewellery and craft items there’s a little something for everyone.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
We pride ourselves in supporting emerging and established makers alongside contemporary brands such as Harris Tweed, and offer a range of books on Perthshire, as well as V&A Stationery and gifts for the wee ones.
We really enjoy visiting the Arts Centre when we are walking in the Birnam area, and our family loved the Puppet show at Christmas.
Anne Stuart | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Birnam Arts delivers a programme of monthly exhibitions showing work by artists at varying stages of their careers within both solo and group exhibitions.
We continually develop new opportunities to support the practice and development of Scottish based artists, whilst also bringing work that is inspiring, creative and different to the contemporary art scene in rural Perthshire.
We’ve always enjoyed Birnam Arts and all it has to offer - lovely venue, library and classes and a great friendly cafe.
Donella Kirkland | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Located upstairs of the original Victorian part of Birnam Arts, our Visual Arts and Performing Arts studios are where much of the creative magic at Birnam Arts takes place.
Birnam Arts = Community Heart
Simon Yearsley | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
At the heart of Birnam Arts is a highly versatile space, otherwise known as the John Kinnaird Hall, our home for live music, film, theatre, public meetings, conferences and private events.
Spacious Hall, New Tech
Perthshire is so lucky to benefit from such an amazing community, arts and performance venue. I have so many great memories of attending various performances and parties at Birnam Arts! Hoping to attend many more to come! Birnam Arts has a place in many peoples hearts and is an essential community resource.
Sarah Brown | Crowdfunder #savebirnamarts 2020
Within this dedicated space celebrating Beatrix Potter, her much loved characters and historical ties to the area, there is something for both kids and adults alike.
Daily | 10:30 - 15:30
The comfortable and aesthetically pleasing cafe seating attracted praise and provided ideal places for small groups to gather at the tables, enjoying excellent food and drinks! Visitors remarked upon your new signage, now so much easier to navigate to the various rooms within the venue.
Fiona Ritchie | Birnam Book Festival 2022