Festival Team

AN INITIATIVE OF The Makers Shed, Glen Innes, the High Country Writers Festival is an annual celebration of storytelling in all its forms. Created by author and journalist Michael Burge and silversmith Richard Moon, the first event took place in 2019.

The Makers Shed acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which we operate, the Ngarabal People (also: Ngoorabul, Ngarrabul, Ngarrbal), and pays respect to their elders past, present and emerging.

We also acknowledge with thanks the many festival partners (individuals and host venues), Glen Innes businesses and traditional and indie publishers who generously collaborate in bringing this event to the NSW New England region, making it a rich experience for local and visiting readers and writers.


MARY MOODY Festival Partner | Author, journalist and broadcaster Mary Moody headlined the first High Country Writers Festival in 2019 with her popular ‘Writing From the Heart’ memoir-writing workshop and her book The Accidental Tour Guide. Mary is passionate about family, food, travel, gardening and the enrichment of country towns.


MICHAEL BURGE Festival Director | Author and journalist Michael Burge was born at Inverell. He was inspired to empower indie publishers on the release of his memoir Questionable Deeds which lifted the lid on homophobia in Australia during the marriage equality campaign. His first novel will be published by MidnightSun Publishing in 2021.


VIRGINIA EDDY Festival Partner | Business mentor and writer Virginia Eddy of Boorama was born and raised at Inverell. After returning to the region she embarked on a transition into authorship, rooted in her love of heritage properties. She is a co-creator of the High Country Writers Retreat.


CAROL SPARKS Festival Partner | A long-time Glen Innes resident, Carol serves the community as Glen Innes and Severn Shire Council Mayor, the first woman to hold that position in the council’s history. She has sponsored the annual High Country Indie Book Award with an annual cash prize since 2019.


PARTNER COMPANIES We encourage you to follow!
Boorama business strategies


PARTNER VENUES We encourage you to visit!
Waterloo Country Accommodation | The Stone Cottage at the Australian Standing Stones | Glen Innes Severn Public and TAFE Library | For more information about visiting the region go to Glen Innes Highlands.


PARTNER PUBLISHERS We encourage you to buy!
Simon & Schuster Australia | Penguin Books Australia | MidnightSun Publishing | Boogie Books | Giramondo Publishing | Special thanks and admiration for all the inspired, proactive and courageous indie publishers whose work we stock at The Makers Shed bookshop.