High Country Writers Festival

“You should mark this festival in your diary for next year. You’ll come away invigorated.” NICOLE ALEXANDER SPRING INTO STORYTELLING in the NSW New England region of Glen Innes! The High Country Writers Festival takes place annually at The Makers Shed with a series of talks and writing workshops by New England North West-based and…

High Country Writers Retreat

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 escape into a rural heartland and write!  For updates on the 2021 High Country Writers Retreat…

High Country Indie Book Award

EVERY YEAR THE readers of the High Country Book Club, based at The Makers Shed, vote on an award recognising the best book from a selection of finalists, read and discussed at a meeting on the third Saturday of every month. The club selects titles published by independent publishing presses, or independently-published authors. The winner…

Location & Stays

THE TOWNSHIP OF Glen Innes in the NSW New England region is a popular high-altitude destination situated between Brisbane and Sydney on the New England Highway, just a short drive from the state’s North Coast. Flights and car hire are available from Brisbane and Sydney via nearby Inverell Airport or Armidale Airport. Daily train/coach services…

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,…

Festival Bookshop

SITUATED AT THE heart of Glen Innes, The Makers Shed at 123 Grey Street is the central hub of the High Country Writers Festival. This creative studio-gallery is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays between 10am to 4pm for all session bookings and book purchases. The Makers Shed is the home of the High Country Book…