Merryn Glover at the AK Bell Library, Perth


Join us as author Merryn Glover shares readings and images from her latest book, The Hidden Fires: A Cairngorms Journey with Nan Shepherd.

In The Hidden Fires, 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, which 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 are revealed in this beautiful evocation of landscape, place and identity.

Time, Place and Ticketing:

  • Friday 30 June 3 pm – 4 pm
  • AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth
  • Tickets £5. Booking is essential; tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Copies of The Hidden Fires will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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 later adapted for BBC Radio, which has lead to three further radio plays for Radio 4 and Radio Scotland. Merryn’s first novel, A House Called Askival (2014), was set in India. Her second, Of Stone and Sky (2021) is set in the Highlands where she now lives. In 2019, she was appointed the first Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park and is a regular contributor to The Guardian Country Diary. Her narrative non-fiction book The Hidden Fires: A Cairngorms Journeys with Nan Shepherd was published by Polygon in 2023.

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Friday 30 Jun 2023
AK Bell Library, Perth. United Kingdom