Wigtown Book Festival: Merryn Glover


The Hidden Fires by Merryn Glover
Performance: Mon 25 Sep – 12:00 UK

Elemental, fierce and full of wonder, the Cairngorms are the high and rocky heart of Scotland, and nobody understood them better than the writer Nan Shepherd. A beautiful evocation of landscape, place and identity, Merryn Glover’s new book follows in the footsteps of Shepherd’s iconic work The Living Mountain. As an Australian who grew up in the Himalayas, Glover’s early experiences of the Scottish hills left her cold. But slowly she discovered a spark that sets the hills – and herself – on fire. A fascinating dialogue between two writers separated by nearly a century.

About the author: 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 was A House Called Askival. Her second, Of Stone and Sky, is set in the Highlands where she now lives. In 2019, she was appointed the first Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park.

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Monday 25 Sep 2023
McNeillie Tent, Wigtown. United Kingdom