A new Scottish anthology of women writers celebrating the senses will be released on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
LUCENT, An Ode to Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, published by 8d Press, will feature the poems, prose poetry and memoirs of 22 women writers, writing in Scotland today, who have been commissioned to explore the sensuality of Scotland in light of Covid and their lives now.
Prominent Scottish Jamaican scientist and Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Sir Geoff Palmer, wrote the foreword to the anthology which represents a diverse selection of female writers, including writers of color and writers with disabilities.
The idea for the anthology stems from the classic Scottish ode to nature, The Living Mountain, by 20th century naturalist writer Nan Shepherd.
Jo Chumas, writer, novelist and small newspaper publisher, and who runs 8d Press outside the Studio, in the heritage district of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland and who came up with the idea for the anthology said: ‘I’ read The Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain and immediately fell in love with the text. Everything Nan Shepherd wrote in her wonderful ode to the Cairngorms held true with my own experiences from my adopted home Scotland. I became obsessed with the idea of producing a tribute to Nan Shepherd and asked the writers to submit their work to me. I have been delighted with the quality of the work, the passion these writers have shown in their contributions and the diversity that shines through, reinforcing my love of diversity and inclusion of all in Scotland.
“For me the most important message is that the senses are the key to our experiences. Going out into nature, being among people, going out, we ourselves are coming to life, and this is more true than ever in our post-pandemic world. Nan wrote about how nature and Scotland made her feel, right down to the core of her being. “
“Fast forward eighty years from when Nan wrote her book, her feelings still ring true. The senses are at the heart of our being, ”said Jo. “In Scotland our senses perceive all the splendor of this country, from the sounds of birds to the crystal-clear light, to the panoramic views, to the scale of the mountains, to the dramatic seasons and to the wild and open landscapes. Nature soothes us and reminds us of what is important. We are all equal in Scotland, all just a tiny part of this huge and beautiful landscape and each of us feels Scotland, through our bodies and hearts our relationship with this beautiful country. I wanted to share my obsession with Scotland with the world.
LUCENT – An Ode to the Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd features rising writers with ties to Scotland and will be published as a hardcover book, printed by Britain’s top printing company Pureprint, in a limited edition of 500 signed and numbered copies . It is stocked at Topping Bookstore in Edinburgh, Abbot House Gift Shop, Maygate, Dunfermline and is available for purchase on the 8d Press website.
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