About Us

Stirling Literary Society was formed by a group of friends in St Ninians in 1989. The brainchild of award-winning journalist and author Rennie McOwan, the group originally met in members’ homes until increasing membership forced their move to Stirling’s Old Town Coffee Shop. In 1996 the group moved to its present venue, the lecture hall of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.

The Society has hosted and continues to host a wide range of stellar speakers. Previous speakers have included Alan Taylor, Christopher Brookmyre, Ian Rankin, Owen Dudley Edwards, Billy Kay, Catherine Lockerbie, Iain Crichton Smith, Richard Holloway, James Robertson, Rosemary Goring and Professor Douglas Gifford. 

All are invited to attend the lectures

and join us for refreshments.

A warm welcome is always guaranteed! 


The Society is self-funded.


The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum has

assisted disabled access and a loop system.