Cairngorms National Park

Writer in Residence, Merryn Glover

Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms

"Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms" is a project across 2019 encouraging people to tell their stories about the ways in which people and nature thrive together in the Park

Merryn Glover - Writer in Residence

Shared Stories: A Year in the Cairngorms

Managed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority with funding from CNPA, Creative Scotland and the Woodland Trust, the project has appointed the first ever Writer in Residence for the Cairngorms National Park, Merryn Glover from Kincraig. This project aims to delve deeper into our relationship with nature through creative writing and story-telling activities that give insights into our shared lives in the landscape and alongside wildlife.

Introducing our very first Writer In Residence, Merryn Glover!

Merryn GloverMerryn Glover is an award-winning writer of fiction, drama and poetry with stories widely anthologised and her plays broadcast on Radio Scotland and Radio 4.

Her first novel, A House Called Askival, was published by Freight books, her second is with an agent, and her third nearly complete. Also a qualified English and Drama teacher, she has extensive experience of community arts across ages and abilities.

An Australian citizen, she was brought up in South Asia but has called Scotland home for 25 years, living in the National Park for half of them. For the ‘Shared Stories’ project, along with leading creative writing workshops, she will be exploring her own writing around people, nature and a sense of place.

Latest Post

https://sharedstoriescairngorms.tumblr.com/post/184938719184/poetry-in-practice

Do you have a story you would like to share?

Some of the writing from the Shared Stories project will be featured on this site, displayed in the Park Visitor Centres and included in an anthology. We invite everyone to submit work that expresses something of your relationship with the natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park. It can be a story, an experience, an observation, or just a moment. It might arise from your work or your recreation or simply an encounter. It can be poetry or prose, a real experience or imagined, and written in English, Gaelic, Scots or Doric.

You can submit your story to the project by emailing [email protected], happy writing!

Please read through the Anthology Submission Guidelines before sending your story.

Creative Writing Workshops: Land Based Workers

The next in the series of creative writing workshops are exclusively for the Park’s land based workforce. Gamekeepers, stalkers, ghillies, farmers, rangers, outdoor instructors, forestry workers, ecologists, wildlife guides – and many more – are encouraged to come along to one of four sessions being led by the Cairngorms National Park’s Writer in Residence, Merryn Glover.

The free creative writing workshops are taking place on Wednesday 5th June at Balmoral, Monday 1st July at Blair Atholl Estate and Wednesday 18th September at the Glen Esk Retreat & Folk Museum (all 2pm-6pm) with a fourth date to be confirmed.

Through guided story-telling and writing activities, land based workers will be encouraged to draw from their close relationship with the land to express the joys and challenges of a life in nature. Bringing together a range of voices to celebrate common ground in the Park, the workshop will culminate in pieces of writing that reflect the richness of the land-based worker experience.

Booking for the land based worker workshops is essential so please email [email protected] as soon as possible.

Open Creative Writing Workshops: For all

Come and explore your responses to nature through these fun and supportive creative writing activities. No experience or equipment required, just enthusiasm!

To book your place on one or all of the workshops please email [email protected] with Writing Workshops in the subject line. 

Wednesday 5th June 7pm-9pmVictoria and Albert Halls, Ballater
Wednesday 12th June 7pm-9pmVictoria and Albert Halls, Ballater
Wednesday 19th June 7pm-9pmVictoria and Albert Halls, Ballater
Wednesday 26th June 7pm-9pmVictoria and Albert Halls, Ballater

 

Stuck for inspiration?

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We also encourage people to share their writing on these themes through other outlets: local newsletters and magazines, open mic nights, wider media and online. Do join the conversation by using the titles and hashtags #SharedStories #AYearintheCairngorms

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If you have any queries, please contact Alan Smith, CNPA Outdoor Learning Officer on 01479 870518.