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Category: Landscape and Nature

Cover image from The Creative Penn Podacast episode on Writing Nature Memoir. Shows typewriter with plants growing out of it.

Posted on 10th April, 2023

On Nature Writing for The Creative Penn Podcast

  I first met Joanna Penn ten years ago at a course in Inverness set up by Peter Urpeth of what was HiArts and then …

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The view to the Cairngorms across Loch Morlich. Photo: Merryn Glover

Posted on 23rd March, 2023

Snow Walk in the Cairngorms

The view to the Cairngorms across Loch Morlich My March article for the Guardian Country Diary charts a snowy walk up a northern spur of …

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Merryn Glover with binoculars in the Cairngorm mountains

Posted on 12th March, 2023

The Courage to Follow Nan Shepherd

…a lantern, floating and filled with light. Perhaps it is what Shepherd meant when she said, ‘[O]ne walks the flesh transparent.’ – This article first …

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Jean Roger and Nan Shepherd sitting on the grass on a hillwalk

Posted on 8th March, 2023

Nan Shepherd’s Legacy for Women

Jean Roger (L) with Nan Shepherd (R) on a hillwalk in 1944. Photo: JG Roger International Women’s Day is a good opportunity to remember Nan …

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Corona on River Spey in snowy landscape

Posted on 7th January, 2023

New Year’s Day Walk up Creag Dhubh

My New Year piece for the Guardian Country Diary captured a winter walk up Creag Dhubh – The Black Crag – above Newtonmore. You can …

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full moon over a loch on a dark night

Posted on 29th March, 2022

Naming The Equinox Moon

That Saturday was a night of strange conjuctions in the celestial realm. The Friday before had been the full moon and the Sunday to follow …

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Ice formations beside a Cairngorms stream

Posted on 21st February, 2022

Ice and Running Water

When the author Nan Shepherd was walking the Cairngorms in the 1940s, she once dedicated an entire day to studying the ice patterns in the …

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Two women loading a canoe on a frozen loch

Posted on 24th January, 2022

Winter Solstice Canoe

It was just before the winter solstice. The day had flung its arms wide for the short hours of light, throwing glitter on every frosted …

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Creag Dhubh in cloud in the Cairngorms, Scotland

Posted on 6th December, 2021

Following Nan Shepherd up Creag Dhubh

Creag Dhubh is the first hill Scottish writer Nan Shepherd climbed on her journey into the Cairngorms, described in her book The Living Mountain. It …

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