AN INITIATIVE OF The Makers Shed, Glen Innes, the High Country Writers Festival is an independent annual celebration of books and writing. Created by author and journalist Michael Burge and silversmith Richard Moon, working with key collaborators in the region, 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.
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 is Tank Water (MidnightSun Publishing).
VIRGINIA EDDY Retreat Director | A business strategist and writer, Virginia co-created the High Country Writers Retreat with Michael Burge under the banner of her company Boorama. Whether retreaters are from the bush, the city, or both, Virginia believes the escape is a chance to pause, absorb the landscape and find inspiration.
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.
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 PUBLISHERS We encourage you to buy!
Simon & Schuster Australia | Penguin Books Australia | MidnightSun Publishing | Boogie Books | Giramondo Publishing | Bad Apple Press. Special thanks and admiration for all the inspired, proactive and courageous indie publishers whose work we stock at The Makers Shed bookshop.