Tutored Weekend Retreat
26th - 28th February 2016
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About Us


The Highland Literary Salon was founded in October 2009 by a group of Highland writers who were keen to network with others in the area. Thanks to support from the Inverness Common Good Fund, the Glen Mhor Hotel, Scottish Book Trust and Moniack Mhor Writers Center, we are able to provide a casual, congenial place to network, discuss works with published authors, and showcase our own work.

Our events feature authors, publishers, agents, and others in the publishing realm who come along to discuss their work and answer your questions.

Salons are held on various Tuesdays every month (see events list below) at the Glen Mhor hotel in Inverness, a map link on each event shows the location.

Everyone is welcome! If you've never been to one of our salons but would like to attend, please just come along - there is absolutely NO need to book or ask permission - we'll be delighted to welcome you!

The only things which need to be booked ahead of time are our fantastic workshops. As the Highland Literary Salon is now a membership organisation, in order to benefit from the great deal which our workshops represent, you have to join to attend, but this can be done easily online. Just have a look at the details of the salon in which your desired workshop is being held, and you'll be able to book (and join as a member) from there.


Your Committee

Below is the dedicated team of amazing people who give their time freely to keep the salon running on a day to day basis. This is your new committee from January 2015:

Simon Varwell (Chair)

Simon Varwell


Helen Forbes (Programme Co-ordinator)

Helen Forbes

Programme Co-ordinator

Connie MacDonald (Secretary)

Connie MacDonald


Mairi Sutherland (Evens Liaison Co-ordinator)

Mairi Sutherland

Events Liaison Co-ordinator

Ruth Tauber (Fundraising Co-ordinator)


Fundraising Co-ordinator

Christopher Leyman-Nicholls (Publicity Co-ordinator)

Christopher Leyman-Nicholls

Publicity Co-ordinator

Tony Ross (Website, Social Networking, Newsletter, Membership, Competition Co-ordinator and Treasurer)

Tony Ross

Website, Social Networking, Newsletter, Membership, Competition Co-ordinator and Treasurer

Caroline Deacon (Retreats Organiser)

Caroline Deacon

Retreats Organiser

Future Events

The forthcoming events are shown below. Click on any one to find out more and book (if applicable).

Tutored writing retreat with Doug Johnstone

26th - 28th February 2016
Tutored writing retreat with Doug Johnstone

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Past Events

The last three events are shown below. Click on any one to find out more. (archive of past events coming soon...)

A Very Unsecret Agent

27 November 2015

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The Nuts and Bolts of the Book Industry

24 November 2015
7pm - The Nuts and Bolts of the Book Industry with Doug Johnstone

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Eileen Carney Hulme Poetry Collection Launch at 6pm
then Nick Thorpe - Writer

13 October 2015
6pm - The Stone Messenger
7pm - Nick Thorpe - Writer

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