17TH MARCH 2015 @ 6PM
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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


Caroline Deacon (Programme Co-ordinator/Treasurer)

Caroline Deacon

Programme Co-ordinator/Treasurer

Connie MacDonald (Secretary)

Connie MacDonald


Mairi Sutherland (Evens Liaison Co-ordinator)

Mairi Sutherland

Events Liaison Co-ordinator

Ruth Tauber (Fundraising Co-ordinator)

Ruth Tauber

Fundraising Co-ordinator

Christopher Leyman-Nicholls (Publicity Co-ordinator)

Christopher Leyman-Nicholls

Publicity Co-ordinator

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

Tony Ross

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

2015 Competition

kindly sponsored by Moniack Mhor


It's competition time again! This year's theme is "Independence" (interpret that in any way you please). Entries are invited in two categories: Short Story and Poetry.

Anyone over 17 years of age can enter - you do NOT have to be a member of the Highland Literary Salon.


1st Prize in Short Story - £100; 2nd Prize £50 – to be judged by Cynthia Rogerson and Donald McKenzie.
1st Prize in Poetry - £100; 2nd Prize £50 – to be judged by John Glenday and Mandy Haggith.
An additional prize of a week’s course at Moniack Mhor will be given to the entry showing most promise.

Future Events

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

Moira Forsyth (Sandstone Press) & Eric MacLeod

17 March 2015
6:00pm - Moira Forsyth - Submitting your work for publication
7:30pm - Eric MacLeod - The Kerracher Man

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Anne Donovan - Getting inside your character's skin

21 April 2015
6:00pm - Getting inside your character's skin
7:30pm - Anne will be talking about her latest novel, Gone Are The Leaves.

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Panel Discussion - Organisations for Writers

19 May 2015
6:00pm - Characters in action
7:30pm - Panel Discussion - Organisations for Writers

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2015 Competition Results

23 June 2015
7:30pm - 2015 Competition Results

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Anne Fine - Children's books author

14 July 2015
6:00pm - Pitfalls when writing for Children
7:30pm - Anne Fine - Children's books author

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Michael Elcock - Writer

18 August 2015
7:30pm - Michael Elcock - Writer

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Janet Paisley - Writer

08 September 2015
6:00pm - Say what you See
7:30pm - Janet Paisley - Writer

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Nick Thorpe - Writer

13 October 2015
7:30pm - Nick Thorpe - Writer

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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...)

Isla Dewar - Where do you get your inspiration?

24 February 2015
6:00pm - Where do you get your inspiration?
7:30pm - Isla Dewar - Writer

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Linda Cracknell - Weekend retreat at Moniack Mhor

20th - 22nd February 2015
Linda Cracknell - Weekend retreat at Moniack Mhor

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Annual General Meeting 2015 & Donald S. Murray - Hail to the Herring

27 January 2015

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