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Merryn Glover is a writer, teacher and creative catalyst. When she’s not hoofing it round the globe with her family, she can be found in the Highlands of Scotland, her adopted home. Born in a former royal palace in Kathmandu to Australian parents, she grew up in Nepal, India and Pakistan, married a Yorkshireman and produced two Scottish sons. Whether travelling or at her desk, crossing cultures is her life.
Her earliest publication was a poem about a cat in a small anthology that included work from the other literary luminaries of Grade 2. Since then she has broadened her scope to include journalism, fiction and drama. Her stage play, The Long Way Home, was performed in three theatres in Scotland in 1997 and broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland the following year. Her radio play The Colour of Light was broadcast on Radio Scotland in 2009, and Immaculate on BBC Radio 4 in November 2011.
In 2004 she was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Bursary for a collection of short stories set in Nepal. These and others have been published in several literary magazines including The Edinburgh Review, Wasafiri, New Writing Scotland, Chapman and Northwords Now. Four have been broadcast on Radio 4 and she has placed highly in numerous competitions, winning both the Jo Cowell Award and the William Soutar Prize.
In 2007, the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) awarded her a further bursary for the writing of her first novel. Set in India and spanning three generations over the past century, Light After Rain is the story of a rebel daughter and her father struggling to make peace out of a shattered past. Complete, the book is on the hunt for a publisher.
Merryn is also a qualified secondary teacher in English, Drama and Dance and has a passion for stimulating imagination and creativity in others. As well as being a classroom teacher, she has run numerous workshops for groups as diverse as pre-school children, troubled teenagers and elderly people with dementia. Registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the National Association of Writers in Education and Live Literature Scotland, she is available for work in schools and community groups.