Merryn Glover was born in a former palace in Kathmandu and brought up in Nepal, India and Pakistan. Australian by passport, she did a teaching degree at Deakin University, Melbourne and has worked in education and the arts in Australia, India, Nepal and Scotland. Her writing has won awards and been published in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Also a playwright, her fiction and drama have been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and Radio 4. Her debut novel, A House Called Askival, set across 70 years of India's recent history, was published by Freight Books in 2014. She now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband and sons, but travels whenever she can, if only in her dreams.
Merryn Glover in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1977 Pokhara, Nepal.
What do you love about short stories?They can capture a life in a few pages.
Do you write in other forms?Plays, novels, poems and articles.
What distracts you from writing?Almost anything.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Beauty.
What is your favourite book?Winnie the Pooh, as an unfailing source of wisdom.
Who are your favourite writers?I enjoy a wealth of great authors, and a whole world of books.
Where is your dream location?The Himalayas.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Paperwork.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Find like-minded fellow writers for mutual support. You will need it.
Work by Merryn Glover:
Laxmi, a girl from the lowest caste of a village in the remote west of Nepal, is told that she is the unlucky kind. But, resourceful and fiercely protective of her sister and niece, she is determined that low birth will not ruin their lives. All profits from this story go to aid work in Nepal.
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