“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


In 2004 I was awarded a 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 2007 I was a contributor at the inaugural Mussoorie International Writers Festival in India, returning again in 2011.  At 7000 feet up in the Himalayas it is surely the high point of the world’s literary calendar!

I was awarded a further bursary from the Scottish Arts Council in 2007 towards the writing of my first novel,  A House Called Askival.  For more on the novel click here.

In September 2014 I was a guest author at Turning Leaves, the Kingussie Book Festival, sharing about Askival  and leading a writing workshop for adults with learning difficulties.

In January 2016 I was awarded a grant from Creative Scotland towards the writing of my second novel.

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



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



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



Winning the William Soutar Award in 2008

Winning the Jo Cowell Award in 2006

Second place in the Highlands and Islands Short Story Association Competition, 2005

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

The Mslexia Short Story Competition, 2005

The Middlesex University Press Competition, 2005