Happy 130th birthday, Nan Shepherd


Friday the 17th of Feb at 7pm. To celebrate what would have been the author’s 130th birthday, join a stellar panel of speakers to discuss Nan Shepherd’s life and legacy, and also to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition of paintings inspired by The Living Mountain.

Artist Rose Strang has been commissioned by the Folio Society to provide paintings for their new illustrated edition of The Living Mountain. The paintings will be on display at the SPL from late January. Author Merryn Glover will discuss her new memoir The Hidden Fires-A Cairngorms Journey with Nan Shepherd (Birlinn). The book is published in March but will be exclusively available pre-publication at this event.

Joining them will be Kerri Andrews, author of A History of Women Walking and currently editing a volume of Nan’s letters for Edinburgh University Press (published later this year) and finally, Erlend Clouson, Nan’s friend and literary executor.

The evening will be chaired by mountaineer and author Anna Fleming, author of Time on Rock-A Climber’s Route into the Mountains (Canongate). The event will last 90 minutes with a 15 min interval.

  • £10.00
  • 17 February 2023
  • 90 minutes
  • 19:00
  • Scottish Poetry Library
  • Whole Building
  • All Ages


About Merryn Glover:

Merryn Glover was born in a former Rana palace in Kathmandu and grew up in Nepal, India and Pakistan. Her first major work was a stage play, The Long Way Home, which was broadcast on Radio Scotland. She has written three further radio plays for Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. Merryn’s first novel, A House Called Askival (2014), was published by Freight. Her second, Of Stone and Sky (2021) was published by Polygon and is set in the Highlands where she now lives. In 2019, she was appointed the first Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park.

About The Hidden Fires:

‘Merryn Glover’s The Hidden Fires is not just brave, it is remarkable’ – Sir John Lister-Kaye

Elemental, fierce and full of wonder, the Cairngorm mountains are the high and rocky heart of Scotland. To know them would take forever, to love them demands a kind of courageous surrender.

In The Hidden Fires, Merryn Glover undertakes that challenge with Nan Shepherd as companion and guiding light. Following in the footsteps and contours of The Living Mountain, she explores the same landscapes and themes as Shepherd’s seminal work. This is a journey separated by time but unified by space and purpose, a conversation between two women across nearly a century that explores how entering the life of a mountain can illuminate our own.

An Australian who grew up in the Himalayas, her early experiences of the Scottish hills and weather left her cold. But gradually acclimatising and with an approach like Shepherd’s, that is more mountain wandering than mountaineering, she discovers the spark that sets the hills and herself on fire. Through Glover’s deepening encounter, the wild majesty and iridescence of the Cairngorms is revealed in this beautiful evocation of landscape, place and identity.

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Friday 17 Feb 2023
Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh. United Kingdom