Christmas Book Promotion
Why not give a very special gift this Christmas and give a book written by a local author? Many of these books can be ordered through the Birnam Arts Centre bookshop and if you do this Birnam Arts will also benefit from your purchase.
Why not go along to the Birnam Arts Late Night Opening on Thursday 17th November and browse copies of these books and many other gifts.
WAYFARING STRANGERS By Fiona Ritchie
The Musical Voyage From Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by FIONA RITCHIE and Doug Orr (Foreword by Dolly Parton).
A gorgeous gift book, including a CD of various artists' renditions of the songs whose origins the authors so beautifully recount." - New York Times Book Review.
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and onwards across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the Southern Appalachian region, bringing a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes. With her co-author Doug Orr, Fiona chronicles the details of this epic journey, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change. 124 book illustrations include the work of local artist Madeleine Hand.
THE FAIRY IN THE KETTLE By Pauline Tait
The Fairy in the Kettle takes children on a magical journey to the heart of Bramble Glen, where Leona and her friends live. Leona has wonderful family and friends and lives in a beautiful, old cast-iron kettle, a place filled with adventurous fun. However, on one particular wild and stormy evening the fairy village is turned into a nightmare.
Leona is blissfully unaware of the dangers outside as the wind and rain lashes against her windows. Is this just a normal storm or are all the villagers in grave danger?
Leona and her friends will soon find out!
THE DUNKELD BRIDGE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 By Pete Clark
Fiddle music from highland Perthshire, Scotland By PETE CLARK ; Ed. By Jane Marx Published by Inver Music.
In this oft-requested and long-awaited book, Pete Clark has put together a collection of over a hundred tunes, both popular originals and favourites from Perthshire composers such as the Gows and the Macintoshes. Along with clear and easy-to-read transcriptions, Pete provides interesting descriptions of all the tunes and composers. Many of Pete’s own tunes were, in the Scottish tradition, written for friends and occasions; with his anecdotes and background information, the tunes and titles are given a personal dimension. Also included are a couple of poems (by Robert Burns and Lionel McClelland).
Pete is a man of many talents and interests. Besides being a superb musician, composer, and music teacher, he is an avid fisherman and gifted watercolourist. This book features full-color plates of many of his works, which further bring the land of this music to life.
This is so much more than a music book – it’s a great read on many levels. It’s an entertaining history of the people and the area via music, text, paintings, and photographs. After reading it, you’ll feel as if you were treated to a whirlwind trip to highland Perthshire!
Review by Mary Larsen, Fiddler Magazine
GATHERINGS : By Flora Shedden (pre-order for release 26th January)
Flora Shedden is our local celebrity cook having made it to the semi-finals of last year’s Great British Bake Off. Her eagerly awaited first book will be published on the 26th January. Pre-order copies from the Birnam Arts Shop.
‘A gathering is an easy way of cooking and hosting. It means no pressure, no code of conduct, and everyone – cook included - can actually enjoy themselves.
This collection is a mixture of modern dishes, staple snacks, salads and sides, interesting bakes, and puddings perfect to end a feast with. Nothing overly fussy or complicated, just tasty, pretty plates of food.
Choose from the chapters led by occasion or pick and choose from dishes such as Sloe Gin Braised Venison, Cocoa Nib Brownies and Redcurrant Pavlovas to put on a spread. There are menu ideas to show you how.’
LOCAL HISTORY - HIDDEN SCOTLAND By Ann Lindsay
Hidden Scotland, just out, and now into its 4th edition, includes more mysterious secretive tales. Who knew of the story of the young Maharaja, the son of the legendary Lion of the Punjab, who in 1854 arrived in central Perthshire? He took to the aristocratic country life, enjoyed a close relationship with Queen Victoria, married a lass called Bamba, the illegitimate daughter of a German businessman and his mistress of Abyssinian Coptic Christian slavery descent, who he met in Egypt. He rented various castles around Perthshire, but where to look for other clues of his life?
All this and other gems are revealed in this new edition!
POETRY - LETTING IN THE LIGHT By Kenneth Stephen
In this intimate new collection, the Christian poet Kenneth Steven reflects on bereavement, marital breakdown, the pain of separation from his beloved young daughter and the search for home. Previously his poetry has focused on the natural world. Now he finds himself struggling to address his harrowing circumstances, and it becomes clear that the words he needs will only be found by journeying inside to a deeply personal place. What emerges through the testing of faith is that most ancient of healing truths: darkness and pain open the way to hope and healing . . . its when we are broken, we let in the light.
HIGHLAND OUTCROPS SOUTH Section by Grahame Nicoll
This new guidebook describes all the rock climbs on the smaller crags (not mountains) south of the Great Glen. There is a substantial section written by Birnam resident Grahame Nicoll describing the routes on Craig a Barns overlooking Dunkeld.
The book is on sale (£28) at ‘In Situ Climbing’ in Dunkeld.
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