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

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

HighlandLIT online: events

The Year Ahead.......


The Committee are delighted that it’s been possible to deliver HighlandLIT successfully on-line  during the lockdown and continuing COVID-related restrictions, and indeed that this on-line delivery is attracting people who wouldn’t normally be able to attend meetings because of their location.

We’re very grateful to Jayne Austen for all the work she has done over the last three years as Secretary, and in managing the Twitter account, as well as the many other ways she has contributed to the success of  HighlandLIT.  Jayne has decided the time has come to step down from the Committee to allow her time for other projects – we wish you well in the days ahead Jayne, and look forward to seeing you at future events when you are free to come.

A number of other Committee members among those who were appointed at the AGM in December 2016 have also decided to step down having served HighlandLIT for four years.

This, together with uncertainty about future COVID restrictions leaves something of a question mark over the future of HighlandLIT.  We have decided that the 2020 AGM will be held, possibly on-line, in March 2021, the end of the 2020-21 membership year. (There will also be an Open Mic that evening!)  At the beginning of 2021, we will circulate HighlandLIT members seeking your views in the light of the COVID situation then pertaining.  Do you wish to see HighlandLIT continuing to deliver a programme on-line if necessary?  Do you feel a ‘hiatus’ would be beneficial until normal physical meetings can resume?

We are so grateful to Malcolm Timperley and Cathy Carr who joined the committee last December for their input, but more new Committee members will be necessary if HighlandLIT is to continue at full pace beyond March 2021.  In the light of this, the Committee would love to hear from you if you’d like to consider joining them to carry HighlandLIT forward in line with the Members’ decision following the survey.  Do let us know if you’d like an informal chat about what’s involved in Committee membership!


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16th February 2021 at 6.30pm on Zoom

Workshop with Aoife Lyall

Aoife, a poet, teacher, editor and writer will be sharing with us how to review poetry and prose

More details on the Events page when available.

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.

Join or re-join HighlandLIT


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!

CLICK HERE TO reach the online store.

New email address

Please note that the HighlandLIT email address is now

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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