Category: Nan Shepherd

Nan Shepherd and Jessie Kesson: an uncommon friendship

Nan Shepherd and Jessie Kesson: an uncommon friendship

‘For, through myrrh’s smell, past wud’s tremendous green, my frien’ just followed me, the hale wye back’ To Nan Shepherd by Jessie Kesson, 1945, North-East Review Jessie Kesson and Nan Shepherd: it was an unlikely friendship. It began by chance and lasted, despite differences in class, age and education, for over forty years, until Shepherd’s death in …

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The Living Mountain Conversations

The Living Mountain Conversations

Since November of last year, Scottish musician and artist, Jenny Sturgeon, has been in conversation with artists, writers and ecologists about Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain. The result is The Living Mountain Conversations, a series of podcasts now available on iTunes and Spotify. Listen in each week as Jenny chats with her guests about Nan …

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Searching for Nan Shepherd

Searching for Nan Shepherd

In the 1970s, Nan Shepherd was introduced to the artist Barbara Balmer. ‘Nan Shepherd’s Sun Porch’ captures the enigmatic writer’s essence.

Nan Shepherd: what shall be your badge?

Nan Shepherd: what shall be your badge?

‘What shall be your badge in the ever-living Wood of Caledon?’ asks Cuthbert Graham in the poem he wrote Nan Shepherd for her 86th birthday. The Scots Pine? Symbol of the untameable mountain? But there is more to Nan Shepherd than her hill book…

Wild Geese

Wild Geese

Nan Shepherd is most famous for The Living Mountain. Published here together for the first time is a collection of her other writing.

Nan Shepherd night

Nan Shepherd night

‘A strong, confident female voice being celebrated, read and enjoyed at events around the country with predominantly female speakers would be a welcome antidote to the heavily masculine Burns Night with its conspicuous array of male worthies’. Scottish identity can no longer be encompassed in one night nor expressed by one man.

Quiet influence: Nan Shepherd’s lonely uphill struggle

Quiet influence: Nan Shepherd’s lonely uphill struggle

The great celebrator of the Cairngorms has long been overlooked. Charlotte Peacock finally redresses the balance. Fiona Sampson The Spectator View of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland (image: iStock) The Spectator, 6 January 2018, 9:00 AM ‘It’s a grand thing to get leave to live’, perhaps the most famous line Nan Shepherd wrote, is carved …

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Nan Shepherd on the tramp

Nan Shepherd on the tramp

Tomorrow at 3pm on BBC Radio 4’s Open Country, Helen Mark visits the Cairngorms in Scotland to find out why this landscape was an inspiration and a refuge for writer Nan Shepherd. Shepherd’s neglected book, The Living Mountain, has found new audiences with a resurgence in the popularity of nature writing in recent years and …

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