Welcome to the Grassic Gibbon Centre!

Exhibition and Cafe Re-Opening February 1st

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

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  for the exhibition area.

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.

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For inquiries concerning Lewis Grassic Gibbon, biography, bibliography, academic research, and the administration of the Mitchell Literary Estate please email the Literary Director.

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Arbuthnott Community Council

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

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

2020 Literary Lights Competition

We are delighted to announce the conclusion of our fourth annual Literary Lights creative writing competition, run in association with the University of Aberdeen.

The annual contest for the best prose fiction or creative non-fiction is open to all students at the University of Aberdeen.

To access more information about the contest and the works of current and previous winners, please Click Here.

Grassic Gibbon Lockdown Art Competition

Winners: Blair Cunningham
& Laura Greig