Grassic Gibbon Centre

The OFFICIAL website for the author James Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon)

On this site you’ll find: –

– ​Information about Mitchell/Gibbon and his works

– The local area about which he wrote

– The many facilities which the Centre has.

Centre Now Closed For 2019 Season

The Centre and cafe is now closed, however the facilities are still available for private hire.

Thanks to all who came over the last year, it’s been a busy and productive one culminating with an “In Conversation” event with Cameron McNeish and Andy Hall. Some 120 people were well fed and entertained. Photos to follow.

We open again in March 2020 so look forward too seeing you then.

As always, keep your eyes on our events page for the coming year with some annual events and new one offs.

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The Grassic Gibbon Centre

The Official Website for the Scottish Author Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

The Grassic Gibbon Centre celebrates the life, work and times of James Leslie Mitchell, the novelist of the Mearns, better known by his pen name Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

It sits in the very heart of the beautiful Mearns countryside, the spiritual home of Lewis Grassic Gibbon.

Literary Lights Prize For Creative Writing 2019.

The third annual Grassic Gibbon Centre Literary Lights prize for creative writing run in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen has concluded in June.

It was open to all students of Aberdeen University.

Click here for details of this prestigious award, it’s previous winners and their entries

2019 Winner, Jane Morris, presented with her award by Jim Brown and Dr.William Malcolm


Sunset Song, his best loved novel, is set in the Mearns around  the Centre and was a success right from its first publication in 1932.  Today, after adaptations for TV, radio, theatre and music, it remains one of the most popular of all Scottish stories.

The Centre is a purpose-built, bright, attractive building adjoining Arbuthnott Hall and is run by a voluntary board of directors on behalf of the local community on an entirely not-for-profit basis.

Admission is free with a small charge only for the exhibition area.

Arbuthnott Community Council

We’ve added a page on our site for the Arbuthnott Community Council.

Please click here.

Here you’ll find information on the Councillors, their activities and the the meeting minutes.

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