Giving the community something to look forward to, the Makers Shed is proud to be hosting its second annual High Country Writers Festival this weekend.
The High Country Writers Festival is an annual celebration of storytelling in all its forms. The first event took place in 2019 and was created by author and journalist Michael Burge and silversmith Richard Moon. The event will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 24.
At the free event the attendees will have the opportunity to meet authors Nicole Alexander, Mary Moody, Kim Kelly and Mary Garden in Glen Innes for free workshops and author talks, with complimentary light lunch, tea and coffee.
Moree-based author Nicole Alexander is a prolific and bestselling author of rural/historical fiction. At the event she'll be talking about her latest book The Cedar Tree at a free author talk at Glen Innes Library as part of the High Country Writers Festival on Saturday from 10.30am.
On Saturday numerous events will be taking place at the library along with the authors talks, in celebration of the library's 66th anniversary.
This year will be the first time Ms Alexander will be attending the festival, and she is looking forward to it.
"It's wonderful that the event is still on, this will be the first in-person authors event I will have attended this year and I'm very excited," she said.
After releasing her first novel 10 years ago Ms Alexander has continued to follow her passion of writing, having multiple books published and appearing on international bestsellers lists.
"I'm very fortunate that readers like my work and are interested in Australian history, it gives me the boost to keep on writing," she said.
Bestselling author, broadcaster and international tour guide in gardening, food and family Mary Moody from Blackheath in the Blue Mountains will also be speaking at the event. Mary will be talking about her book Kids in the Garden from 10am to 11am on Saturday, at the Makers Shed.
She attended the High Country Writers Festival last year, where she discussed her memoir 'The accidental tour guide'.
"I wrote a book about my adventures and wonderful experiences as an accidental tour guide and I was invited to come and talk of my book at the inaugural High Country Writers Festival," she said.
Ms Moody is pleased to be returning this year to discuss her book 'Kids in the Garden'' at the festival.
She said it is a darling book that has a lot of inspiration for kids to get them fascinated and wanting to get involved with gardening.
"It gets kids out from behind their devices and into the garden.
"I'm really happy to be able to come and continue supporting the festival."
With the ongoing impact of the coronavirus the speakers are pleased to see that the event is proceeding.
"Most writers festivals have been cancelled this year, it's wonderful that this one can go ahead," Ms Moody said.
Following her session is a gathering with Glen Innes 'plant writer' Lucy Munro about cool-climate food growing, in the afternoon at Waterloo Station.
To ensure the event meets COVID-19 requirements bookings are essential and can be made in person at The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street Glen Innes, Wednesdays to Saturdays between 10am and 4pm, or via the festival website: https://highcountrywritersfestival.com/.