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HighlandLIT offers a supportive environment for writers whatever their level of experience, and seeks to be responsive to the expressed needs of members.  Memership costs only £25, with a £5 concession for people on low incomes.

Your subscription helps make the yearly programme possible - and there are also great membership benefits, including free entry to all HighlandLIT monthly events - this alone is worth £24!

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New email address

Please note that the HighlandLIT email address is now


Please note that due to the COVID-19 Lockdown, HighlandLIT events are are taking place 'virtually' rather than physically.


Watch this space for news of a resumption of physical meetings, possibly in the autumn.

See below for news of HighlandLIT online and our newly-created Vimeo Channel.


There you'll find author videos from the the April and July events (featuring Helen Sedgwick and James Andrew)   and a collection of videos of HighlandLIT members reading their work.

The Committee are holding in mind all HighlandLIT members and friends at this time. Please take care - and keep in touch with one another and with us. As Committee members we are drawing support from each other in these days of isolation.  If you need  encouragement, or a chat on the phone, please do contact us at

HighlandLIT online: events

James has prepared two short videos in which he discusses and reads from his poems (from The City that Moved, his recent release from Dionysia Press) and his crime novels set in the aftermath of World War I (with particular reference to The Suitcase Murderer, published in April.) These videos will appear on the HighlandLIT Vimeo page before the event. They will be freely available and accessible to all.


At 6.30pm on Tuesday 21st July there will be a Zoom Q@A with James, hosted by Paul Shanks.  Folk wanting to attend (free of charge to everyone) should email, and they will be sent a link to the Zoom event.

We are planning to keep delivering HighlandLIT on line until such times as we are able to meet together again in person.  Watch the newsletter and web-site for news of the next event!

Author event with HighlandLIT member James Andrew on Tuesday 21st July at 6.30pm (with videos on our Vimeo Channel to watch before the event)


James is a teacher by profession and spent much of his career working abroad, particularly in Turkey. He retired to Nairn where he is  working on  further poetry collections and crime novels. Find out more about James and his work on the HighlandLIT Members’ Showcase here

HighlandLIT online: work from members

In response to the evolving situation re COVID-19 and in an effort to create a different platform from which to promote the work of HighlandLIT members and supporters from the wider community,  Jayne has created a dedicated Vimeo account has been created.  (This replaces the YouTube account we were using until recently, and includes all the videos previously posted there.)


You can view the channel here. This is an opportunity to post video clips of recordings of work, links to websites and other social media and thereby reach a wider audience.


If this is something you would like to take advantage of then please email text/info to

this email address and forward larger files, (pref MP4 format) via wetransfer or similar.


Jayne will manage the account and upload files on your behalf. There is no limit to the number of videos which can be posted but please restrict the file size to around 5 to 10 minutes to minimise the time it takes to upload files.


It is our hope that this will create an opportunity to promote work during changing times.

Barbara Henderson will be leading a workshop on writing for children and reading from her latest book Punch


January 16th2018 at 6.30pm

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HighlandLit meets regularly in Inverness

Bringing together those with an interest in all things to do with the written word and the wider world of publishing, HighlandLit provides a valuable opportunity to discuss projects, books, ideas and attend workshops


It also encourages members and guests to meet and ask questions of published writers and poets, and hear them read from their work

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