Merryn Glover at The National Library of Scotland


The Hidden Fires: A Cairngorms Journey with Nan Shephard

In The Hidden Fires, author Merryn Glover explores The Cairngorms with Nan Shepherd as companion and guiding light. Hear her discuss this journey on October 26th at The National Library of Scotland.

‘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.

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.

This event will take place on-site at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. Book your ticket to attend the event on-site.


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Thursday 26 Oct 2023
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. United Kingdom