High Country Writers Festival

SPRING INTO STORYTELLING in the NSW New England region of Glen Innes! The High Country Writers Festival is a season-long series of author talks, a 1-day writers retreat, and events showcasing storytelling in many forms for book lovers and writers.


We’re pleased to announce authors Nicole Alexander, Mary Moody, Kim Kelly, Hayley Katzen, Yumna Kassab and Mary Garden will be appearing at our festival.

Book lovers and writers can meet authors at the festival bookshop inside The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street Glen Innes on Saturday September 19 and Saturday October 24, and escape for a one-day writers retreat (or stay) at Waterloo Station on Saturday October 24 (situated between Glen Innes and Inverell).

The winner of the annual High Country Indie Book Award will also be announced at Waterloo Station over lunch on Saturday October 24.

FREE AUTHOR LUNCH Saturday September 19, 12-1pm
HAYLEY KATZEN in conversation with Michael Burge
Academic Hayley Katzen moved to a farm in the Clarence Valley, learned the craft of writing, and produced her debut memoir UNTETHERED. “A broken family life; the trauma of immigration; losing her Jewish heritage; discovering herself as a lesbian; dropping out of a career; moving to the country; and falling in love with an ‘unsuitable’ woman.” Australian Book Review
VENUE: The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street, Glen Innes
COST: Free, including light lunch. Booking essential

FREE MORNING TEA Saturday October 24, 10am-11am
MARY MOODY in conversation with Lucy Munro
Join Australia’s beloved garden writer for a cuppa with Glen Innes ‘plant writer’ Lucy Munro about how to get the best results with cool-climate food growing. Mary has gardened at Leura (985m above sea level), Blackheath (1065m) and Yetholme (1180m). She and Lucy will discuss approaches for Glen Innes (1062m). “I taught myself to garden by reading books and by talking to gardeners” Mary Moody
VENUE: The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street, Glen Innes
COST: Free, including morning tea. Booking essential

LIBRARY SESSION Saturday October 24, 10.30am
NICOLE ALEXANDER in conversation about ‘The Cedar Tree’
Raised on the black-soil plains of Moree, Nicole has a string of bestselling historical fiction titles to her name. Join her to celebrate the 66th anniversary of Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library at a talk about her gripping yarn The Cedar Tree, set partially in the nearby Richmond Valley. “From an early age I have loved Australian pastoral history.” Nicole Alexander
VENUE: Glen Innes Severn Library, 71 Grey Street, Glen Innes
COST: Free. Booking essential (direct with library on 6730 2600)


LOCATED at the beautifully restored Shearer’s Lodgings of iconic Waterloo Station, just 18 kilometres west of Glen Innes and 50 kilometres east of Inverell in the NSW New England region, the High Country Writers Retreat offers a rare chance to meet writers NICOLE ALEXANDER, MARY MOODY, KIM KELLY, MARY GARDEN, AMANDA WOODS, D’ARCY LLOYD and MICHAEL BURGE and hear about their processes, pathways, and their latest books!

Escape for the day on Saturday October 24. Day passes are BOOKED OUT but register for our wait list or join the festival team and stay for two or four nights… accommodation is very limited so book now!

FREE AUTHOR LUNCH Saturday August 15, 12-1pm
YUMNA KASSAB in conversation with Michael Burge
Tamworth-based Yumna Kassab’s debut fiction collection THE HOUSE OF YOUSSEF explores the lives of Lebanese migrants, circling around the themes of isolation, the expectations of family, and nostalgia for the home country. “The unadorned style and unobtrusive realism of this book mask, at first, how experimental and original it is.” Sydney Morning Herald
VENUE: The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street, Glen Innes
COST: Free, including light lunch. No booking required