Created in the tradition of the 19th-century literary salons of Paris, New York, Prague, and Edinburgh, the Highland Literary Salon brings people together to discuss books, ideas, writing, and all things literary.

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

Glen Mhor Hotel - Inverness

Where are salons held?

Salons are usually held on the third Tuesday of every month at the Glen Mhor hotel in Inverness - the map on the upcoming salons page shows where.

The next salon event is listed below along with date, time and any workshop information.

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 from there.

Please note, that if you do not book a workshop in advance and just turn up on the night, you may not be allowed to participate (as there are limits on attendance) but if you are allowed to participate, you will be charged £15 regardless of your membership status.

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Next salon event:

Martyn Bedford

Date: 12 August 2014

Time: Workshop 6pm - 7pm / Main salon starts at 7:30pm

Salon Guest: Martyn Bedford

Venue: Glen Mhor Hotel, Inverness

Details: Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults, including Acts of Revision and The Houdini Girl, and numerous short stories. His first novel for teenagers and young adults, Flip (Walker Books, 2011), won four regional prizes and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards. His second, Never Ending, was published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year. Between them, Martyn's novels have been translated into thirteen languages.

He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and is senior lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University and a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation.

“Martyn Bedford is the genuine article, a writer of unmistakable flair and accomplishment.” (The New York Times)

Workshop at 6pm - Getting into Character.
Martyn will host a workshop called "Getting into Character". In this workshop, Martyn Bedford will use short-burst writing exercises to explore the art of characterization and get you started on a short story (or poem, if you'd prefer).