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


Tell us about a Special Book!


Recently  in the light of our forthcoming Book Week Scotland event in November, we asked you to tell us about the book that transformed your life. Well, the feedback was that a life can be strongly affected by a book without being dramatically changed by it, and we agree! So we've got a new title , 'A Special Book', and we're now inviting you to tell us about a book that's special to you, and why.

 During the first part of the 15th November event, Lynn Cassells will speak about the book she co-authored with Sandra Baer, Our Wild Farming Life: Adventures on a Scottish Croft, which was published earlier this year. In following their dreams to grow their own food and farm regeneratively, Lynn and Sandra took inspiration from the books they read, and they hope their book will encourage readers who have dreams of their own to make real.

Later, we'll listen to 'A Special Book' contributions, and thanks to funding from Book Week Scotland we'll be giving away some copies of nominated books.

 Which books will be nominated? We're excited to find out! So please tell us about your special book: a book you found moving, inspiring, encouraging, impressive, liberating; a book that affected you deeply, and may even have changed the direction of your life; a book you remember with affection, respect, gratitude.

Email us on  with 'A Special Book' in the subject line. In the body of the email, give the author and title of your chosen book, and in no more than 150 words describe why/how it affected you.

We'll be sharing some responses on our website and social media, so please say whether you'd prefer to use a pseudonym or remain anonymous, or are happy for your response to be published under your own name.

We look forward to hearing of your 'special stories.'  Each person can contribute up to three, which can each be up to 150 words. Please get your contributions to us by 30th September.


Thanks very much to Drew Hillier who designed the lovely header.


HighlandLIT: events

Helen Sedgwick (copyright Michael Gallacher).jpg

October 18th at 7.00pm in person and on-line

Author event with

Helen Sedgwick


Cross-Genre Writing: Stories as Subversion


All welcome! Free to attend.

See here for full details.


Image copyright (c) Michael Gallagher

Join or re-join HighlandLIT for April 22 - March 23


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 £28, with an £8 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 £32!

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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,   we created a dedicated Vimeo account. 


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.

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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