“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 House, Scottish 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
The Mslexia Short Story Competition, 2005
The Middlesex University Press Competition, 2005