Stories

“I believe Merryn Glover to be one of the finest short story writers working in Scotland today.”  Kirsty Williams, Radio Producer, BBC Scotland

“An absolutely wonderful story on Radio 4 today. Atmospheric, beautiful and moving.”  the late Jon Lord of Deep Purple

“An amazing piece of writing.”  Ernie Rea, of Radio 4’s Beyond Belief, on Pick of the Week, Radio 4

“Fifteen minutes of perfect radio.” for The Windhover, Pick of the Week, Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 Broadcasts:

One, Short Works, New Year’s Day 2021

The Windhover, The Poet and the Echo, 2018 (chosen for Pick of the Week)

Bethlehem HouseScottish Shorts, 2014

The Last Cup, Scottish Shorts, 2011

Her Mother’s Songs, Scottish Shorts, 2007 (chosen for Pick of the Week)

Broken Bread, The Madeleine Effect, 2006

Thirst, Scottish Shorts, 2006

Publications:

Scarface, Northwords Now, Autumn 2016

Rip, Willesden Herald: New Short Stories 7, April 2013

The Last Cup, Northwords Now, 2011

Broken Bread, ‘Drifting’, Chapter One Promotions, 2010

Pickings, Chapman 110, 2010

Thirst, ‘Infinite’, Chapter One Promotions, 2008

Broken Bread, ‘Made in Poland’, Edinburgh Review, 2007

Kumari, Wasafiri, 2007

Rush of Water, ‘A Paper Heart is Beating, A Paper Boat Sets Sail’, The Fish Anthology, 2007

Her Mother’s Songs, ‘The Dynamics of Balsa’, New Writing Scotland, 2007

Untouchable, ‘Calcutta Connects’, Edinburgh Review, 2007

Death’s Door, Scottish Arts Council website, 2005

Victory in ‘Watermark’ – Middlesex University Press Anthology, 2005

Competitions:

Winning the William Soutar Award in 2008

Winning the Jo Cowell Award in 2006

Third place in the International Fish Short Story Award 2006

Short-listed or highly commended for:

Neil Gunn Writing Competition, 2013

Willesden Herald Short Story Competition, 2013

Weald & Downland Museum Historical Fiction Short Story Competition, 2012

Interpreters House, 2008

Chapter One Promotions, 2007 & 2008

Ilkley Literature Festival Competition, 2007

Asham Short Story Prize, 2006

Cadenza, 2006

Highlands and Islands Short Story Association Competition, 2005

The Mslexia Short Story Competition, 2005

The Middlesex University Press Competition, 2005

Bursaries and Funding Awards:

2020: a grant from Creative Scotland towards the writing of my current project The Hidden Fires: A Cairngorms Journey with Nan Shepherd, to be published by Polygon Books in 2022.

2016: a grant from Creative Scotland towards the writing of my second novel, Of Stone and Sky, taken on by literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown, published by Polygon Books on 6th May 2021.

2007: a mentorship with Jonathan Falla through the Scottish Book Trust.

2007: professional-level bursary from the Scottish Arts Council towards the writing of my first novel,  A House Called Askival.

2004: Scottish Arts Council New Writer’s Bursary for a series of short stories set in Nepal.  These and further stories have been successful in publication, broadcast and competitions.

In my fiction writing, I have been privileged to receive significant support from the Scottish Book Trust, Hi-Arts/Emergents/Xpo North and Creative Scotland –  formerly the Scottish Arts Council – especially from the late and much-missed Dr Gavin Wallace.