Acclaimed Aboriginal author appearing in Glen Innes

THE High Country Writers Festival is thrilled to announce that Callum Clayton-Dixon, author of the award-winning Surviving New England (published by Nēwara Aboriginal Corporation) will be appearing at this year’s event, part of a session on history writing at Waterloo Station for the High Country Writers Retreat, Saturday October 24.

Callum’s book charts the first four decades of the colonial period in this region and breaks through the “dominant myth of peaceful settlement”. He is also working on a dictionary of his ancestral language, Anaiwan. Copies of Surviving New England are available from The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street, Glen Innes, open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm.

Places are now extremely limited. Book fast via: (Image courtesy of the State Library of NSW. Photo by Joy Lai)

Marketplace opportunity – Industrial Land

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the proposed Five (5) Lot sub-division at Dumaresq Street, Glen Innes.

These Industrial Lots are available from $50K + GST /LOT which is ideal to start or grow your business and get a great rural view as well! The proposed property is Lot 1 DP 500396 Dumaresq Street, Glen Innes. It is located on the corner of the Gwydir Highway and Dumaresq Street approximately 1.8 km west from the intersection of the New England Highway and Gwydir Highway.

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Marketplace opportunity – Project Manager Marketing
We’re calling for Expressions of Interest for a Contract Project Manager who has some marketing experience – formal or not, we’re open to chat. If you answer yes to any of these questions please get in touch:
Are you a digital native?
Do you have a good design eye?
Are you organised?
Do you have great attention to detail?
Do you have some spare time for 1-2 days per week?
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Please email with your CV and an outline of your interest.
Yoga teacher - YOGA WITH BRON

Bron’s yoga is back on the floor again after 2 months off (due to surgery). Yoga classes are at the community centre in Glen Innes.

It’s never been more important to look after your physical and mental wellbeing, and Yoga is a great way to focus on your health.

5.30 – 7pm.  The session includes 10 minutes of yogic breathing, 1 hr of stretches (taken at your own level) and 20 minutes of deep relaxation. 10 weeks for $120 or $16 per casual class. The class will suit all levels of fitness, everyone is welcome. This term will start with the option of chair yoga but can be on the floor. Don’t underestimate chair yoga, it still extends the stretch of the body. However, it is your choice.

Bron has been practicing yoga for 25 years or more, starting off with class in Deepwater and moving to Glen Innes for the last 15 or more years.

Nicole Alexander joins Glen Innes Library celebration

ACCLAIMED Moree-based historical novelist Nicole Alexander is heading to Glen Innes for the second annual High Country Writers Festival where she’ll talk about her new book at Glen Innes Library.

Spanning two centuries and set in two iconic landscapes, including the nearby Richmond Valley, The Cedar Tree has been described as “a compelling tale of love and faith, destiny and betrayal, in a land as richly diverse as the secrets it keeps”.

Nicole’s visit coincides with the 66th anniversary of Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library where several displays and celebrations are planned. She will also be speaking about history writing during the afternoon session of the second annual High Country Writers Retreat, located at Waterloo Station.

FREE author talk at Glen Innes Severn Public & TAFE Library on Saturday October 24, 10.30am. Purchase your copy of Nicole’s novel ‘The Cedar Tree’ at The Makers Shed, 123 Grey Street. This is a COVID-safe event. Booking essential via 6730 2600.

Cool-climate gardener Mary Moody in the Glen

RETURNING to Glen Innes for the second annual High Country Writers Festival is author and broadcaster Mary Moody, who will be chatting with locals about cool-climate food growing.

Sit down with Australia’s beloved garden writer for a cuppa, chat and Q&A moderated by Glen Innes ‘plant writer’ Lucy Munro.

Mary has gardened at Leura (985m above sea level), Blackheath (1065m) and Yetholme (1180m). She and Lucy will discuss approaches for Glen Innes (1062m).

FREE morning tea and author talk at The Makers Shed on Saturday October 24, 10-11am. Grab your copy of Mary Moody’s book ‘Kids in the Garden’, browse a selection of garden art by Max Powell and Anita Stewart, and select from a range of locally-propagated kitchen garden plants. This is a COVID-safe event. Booking essential via the High Country Writers Festival website

Author Hayley Katzen coming to Glen Innes

THE second annual High Country Writers Festival continues at The Makers Shed on Saturday September 19 at a free author lunch with Hayley Katzen from 12 to 1pm.

Hayley is a Clarence Valley-based writer whose debut memoir Untethered captures the story of her long-term search for a place to call home.

According to the back-cover blurb of her book, this is no happy-ever-after tree change: “Lecture halls, law reform and the arts are replaced with castrating calves, shovelling manure, fire-fighting and anti-gas blockades. In a place that attracts people who live by their own rules, Hayley must confront her limitations and preconceptions to forge her own identity”.

“Set in the unpredictable beauty of the Australian landscape, and told with Hayley Katzen’s compelling candour and rigour, Untethered charts one migrant’s search for home. Part love story and part off-the-grid adventure, Untethered is a powerful reminder that home can be found in many forms – in love, in family and friends, in ideologies and political movements, in landscapes and communities, and ultimately, in ourselves.”

Bookings are essential via the festival website.


FormWork: new ceramics by Max Powell

Glen Innes-based ceramicist Max Powell has developed a strong, recognisable style with his creative and practical works in clay, and a justifiable reputation as an artist of great skill and sensitivity.

This solo exhibition features a wide range of new works that experiment with form, texture and colour.

Inspired by nature and executed during the isolation and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Max’s new ceramics are a testament to creative endurance, hard work and a brilliant eye for the traditional and the new.

Open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, The Makers Shed Glen Innes is thrilled to host the latest solo exhibition by this prolific and gifted artist. Running until November 28, there will be regular new work featured, so make the time to visit more than once. The High Country Writers Festival runs through the same 3-month period, with events on September 19 and October 24 to add to your Glen Innes visit.

Highlands Hub Business Awards – OPEN for nominations

Nominations are now OPEN for the Highlands Hub Business Awards.


Local Businesses registered on Highlands Hub Business can nominate other businesses on the Hub for the awards – the top 3 in each category will WIN one of 12 Local Digital Marketing Packs.

The awards categories are:
1. Best Local Customer Service Experience
2. Best Local Digital Transformation
3. Best Local Business to Business Supporter
4. New Local Business Encouragement

Local business Glen Innes From Above will team up with a Local Marketing consultant to deliver the prizes. Still and video footage will be shot and provided in format for digital marketing purposes. Businesses will receive a one-on-one session with the consultant to help get the most out of the new content to promote their business.