A Scottish anthology of new writing celebrating the senses, as an ode to nature writer Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain, is now available for purchase at Topping & Co Booksellers St. Andrews & Edinburgh, Waterstones UK, Bookpoint, Dunoon, Abbot House Gift Shop, Dunfermline and here on this website.
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LUCENT, An Ode to Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain is published by 8d Press, and features the poems, prose-poetry and fiction of 22 new writers, exploring the way Scotland makes them feel.
Jo Chumas, a writer, novelist and small press publisher runs 8d Press out of the Studio, in the Heritage Quarter of Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland said: “I read Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain and fell immediately in love with the text. Everything that Nan Shepherd wrote about in her wonderful ode to the Cairngorms rang true with my own experiences of my adopted country Scotland.
"I became fixated with the idea of producing a tribute to Nan Shepherd and during the heart of the darkest of Scottish winters in 2020, with the death and tragedy of Covid-19 ravaging our communities, I put a call out on social media for writers to submit works glowing with light. I was delighted at the quality of the work and the passion these writers showed in their contributions. For me the most important message is that the senses are key to our experiences. Walking out in nature, being among people, getting outside, ourselves come alive. This is what Nan wrote about.
“The senses are the core of our being,” Jo said. “In Scotland, the senses take in all the gloriousness of this country, from the sounds of the birds, to the crystal-like light, to the panoramic views, to the scale of the mountains, to the dramatic seasons and wild open landscapes. Nature soothes us and reminds us of what’s important. We are all equal in Scotland, all just a tiny part of this massive, beautiful landscape and every single one of us feels Scotland, feels it through our bodies and our hearts in our relationship with this stunning country.
"I wanted to share my obsession with Scotland with the world.
LUCENT has been released to much acclaim, is currently stocked in five independent bookshops in the UK and is also being sold online though this website.
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