“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 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
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
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
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.