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Merryn Glover

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Email merryn@merrynglover.com
Local authority: Highland
Languages: English
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Writer in residence for the Cairngorms National Park 2019, Merryn has over 25 years' experience in arts facilitation with expertise in inspiring creative writing, developing reading for pleasure, and working with minority, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.

An award-winning author, Merryn has a secondary teaching qualification in English and Drama and spent five years working in a high school library. Born and brought up in South Asia and university educated in Australia, she has called Scotland home since 1993; much of her writing, therefore, explores themes of place, identity, culture and belief. Her work includes the novel A House Called Askival, set in India across 70 years of its recent history; six plays: two for stage, two on Radio Scotland, two on Radio 4; short stories widely anthologised and broadcast on Radio 4; poetry, journalism and blogging. Her second novel for adults is set in the Cairngorms and her third, for 8-12 year olds, is a world-hopping adventure that kicks off in a library. Both are with her agent Cathryn Summerhayes of Curtis Brown.

Merryn's experience ranges from pre-school children to elderly people with dementia, multi-cultural groups to young people in care and detention centres, hospitals and homeless services, learning and support needs, therapeutic work, to large festivals and conferences.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Mentoring; Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop; Professional development, CLPL or CPD; Chairing events

Audience can work with

Adult learners; Care-experienced people; Carers; English as an additional language (EAL); Intergenerational learning; Outdoor learning; Adults with additional support needs; People experiencing mental health problems; People living with dementia; Prisoners & young offenders; Reluctant readers; Vulnerable young people (under 18); Vulnerable adults; Vulnerable older people; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts); Young people with additional support needs (under 18) (ASN/SEN)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Adventure; Ageing; Animals; Biography & memoir; Care experience; Characters of colour & BAME characters; Childhood; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Drug addiction, alcoholism & substance abuse; Editing & editing your own work; Emigration & immigration; Environment & climate; Fairy tales, folklore & mythology; Family; Food; Friendship; Health including mental health & wellbeing; Historical fiction; History; Human rights; Love & romance; Nature; Performance training; Politics; Poverty; Publishing & getting published; Religion & Beliefs; Rural communities; Travel writing

Age groups published for

Children; Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+