Merryn Glover at The GWCT Scottish Game Fair



TIME: 12:00pm – 12:30pm

The ‘Listen to the Land’ event is back for a second year at The GWCT Scottish Game Fair. Prepare for a weekend of exciting talks given by speakers from all walks of rural life, come and learn from others, hear from their experiences, ask questions and share your own findings.  Everyone is welcome – no tickets required, no prior experience needed, just come along, grab a coffee, a seat and listen, ask questions and take away many ideas.

Linda Mellor will be hosting our space again. Linda brings a wealth of experience, a photographer and author to boot, Linda lives up on Rannoch Moor, she has written about and photographed the countryside for over 20 years.

Merryn Glover lives in the Cairngorms. Whether travelling the world or at her desk, crossing cultures, landscapes and literary forms is her life. She is an award-winning writer of fiction, drama, poetry and journalism. Her plays and short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, as well as being widely anthologised. In 2019, Merryn was the first Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park and is a regular contributor to the Guardian Country Diary. Her newest book is The Hidden Fires: A Cairngorms Journey with Nan

‘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 30 Jun 2023
Listen to the Land tent, Scone. United Kingdom