High Country Writers Festival

“You should mark this festival in your diary for next year. You’ll come away invigorated.”

NICOLE ALEXANDER


The High Country Writers Festival & Retreat
are held annually in October at Glen Innes in the NSW New England region
(Due to COVID, 2021’s Festival is in December and the next Retreat is in October, 2022)

FULL PROGRAM – Saturday December 11, 2021

STORYTIME
10am-10.45am: Trish Donald reading Tissywoo & The Worry Monsters
Venue: Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library, 71 Grey St, Glen Innes
Cost: FREE (but bookings essential)
Content: Armidale-based author Trish Donald’s book is for young people aged 4-9. It’s the tale of a young girl about to start school. Tissywoo is excited but she begins to worry, and her worries turn into a little worry monster. But Tissywoo remembers something her mother told her to do when the worry monsters come…
Trish’s book will be available for sale at The Makers Shed book shop
Bookings: Directly via the library’s online ticketing system or call (02) 6730 2600

WRITING & PUBLISHING
11am-12.00pm: Trish Donald in conversation with Amanda Woods about So, You Wanna Be An Author?
Venue: Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library, 71 Grey St, Glen Innes
Cost: FREE (but bookings essential)
Content: Armidale-based author Trish Donald’s book is about how to translate an idea into an actual published book! A session for those new to writing and publishing. Join travel writer Amanda Woods to unravel some of Trish’s tips!
Trish’s book will be available for sale at The Makers Shed book shop
Bookings: Directly via the library’s online ticketing system or call (02) 6730 2600

THE FEATHER & BONES OF POETRY
10am-12.00pm: Gail Galloway poetry workshop
Venue: The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Cost: $30 (bookings essential)
Content: Join writer and artist Gail Galloway for a poetry workshop exploring the process of catching verse from the air and crafting it into missives for publication. Gail’s poetry collection is Crow Speak: Wild Poems. An exhibition of the illustrations from this publication by Judith Harris is on show at The Makers Shed throughout the festival.
Gail’s book will be available for sale and she will be available for book signing
Bookings: Via the festival’s online ticketing system

LUNCH
12.00-1.00pm:
Hit the Glen Innes main street and find regionally sourced flavour at The Local (0447 071 607); or head to nearby The Croft at the Australian Standing Stones for a Celtic-inspired meal (0421 470 900). For more Glen Innes region gourmet experiences head to Glen Innes Highlands. We encourage you to book!!!

AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION
1.00pm-4.00pm: Mary Garden, Jessica White, Gundula Rhoades, Amanda Woods, Richard Anderson and Michael Burge
Venue: The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Cost: $20 (bookings essential)
Content: Join ABC New England North West Book Club presenter Kristy Reading to explore memoirs (from personal/historical tales like Hearing Maud by Jessica White, to odysseys such as Mary Garden’s The Serpent Rising); non-fiction titles (from Gundula Rhoades’ wellness manifesto The Food Solution to Amanda Woods’ newest travel collection Rock Pools of Sydney); and rural fiction (from Richard Anderson’s farming tale Small Mercies to Michael Burge’s debut crime novel Tank Water). Includes Q&A sessions and meet-the-author book signing, free tea and coffee, New England Writers Centre info stall.
Authors’ books will be available for sale and authors will be available for book signing
Bookings: Via the festival’s online ticketing system

BOOK AWARD CEREMONY + EXHIBITION OPENING
4.00pm-6.00pm
Venue: The Makers Shed, 123 Grey St, Glen Innes
Cost: FREE (but bookings essential)
Content: Join the festival team for a drink and a nibble, witness the announcement of the annual High Country Indie Book Award and the opening of Crow Speak an exhibition of illustrations by Judith Harris, Nadia Kliendanze and Gail Galloway, inspired by Gails’ poetry collection. Poetry reading, live music by Sean Plunkett, drinks and book sales/signings
Bookings: Via the festival’s online ticketing system

The 2020 High Country Writers Festival featured authors NICOLE ALEXANDER, MARY MOODY, CALLUM CLAYTON-DIXON, MARY GARDEN, HAYLEY KATZEN and YUMNA KASSAB at author talks and writing sessions in Glen Innes in the NSW New England region during spring. Thanks to Captive Light Media for this highlights reel of our October 24 sessions. Head to our Writer’s Retreat page to check out another great clip of our Author Walk!