Abertay University 7.30pm
Main Lecture Theatre in the Kydd Building 40 Bell Street, Dundee DD1 1HG
Presentation – Anke Addy & Erlend Clouston – “The Living Cairngorms”
Anke Addy discusses and displays her mesmerising photographic response to Nan Shepherd’s classic text, The Living Mountain. After a short break, Erlend Clouston, former Guardian journalist and long-time friend of Nan, takes a sideways look at her life, influences, and remarkable belated celebrity. Both Anke and Erlend will answer questions afterwards.
Nan (Anna) Shepherd (11 February 1893 – 23 February 1981) was a Scottish Modernist writer and poet. She was an early writer in Scottish English, who wrote three stand-alone novels set in small, fictional communities in North Scotland. The Scottish landscape and weather played a major role in her novels and provided the focus for her poetry. Shepherd also wrote a non-fiction book on hill walking, based on her experiences in the Cairngorms. Shepherd was a lecturer of English at the Aberdeen College of Education for most of her working life.(info from Wikipedia)
Anke was born in the lowlands of the Netherlands, but the mountainous north east of Scotland has been her home for over 30 years. During this time she has walked, cycled and skied through this wonderful landscape. Photography was a natural progression from her experiences of the hills and its wildlife. After attending Aberdeen College to gain more knowledge about the subject, Anke became a freelance photographer in 2000.
She has had successful entries in The British Wildlife Photography Awards and The Scottish Nature Photography Awards.
Nan Shepherd’s nature writing in ‘The Living Mountain’ resonated with Anke’s own observations and during 2017 she revisited many glens and mountains to capture the rich imagery of the book. Ultimately this absorbing photographic project ‘The Living Cairngorms’ has become a touring exhibition, which will be displayed during the festival at the Bonar Hall. Alongside a high quality, hard backed coffee table type book with over 150 images in full colour has been published, which is available for sale for £25, at the Dundee Festival. You can find out more about Anke at her website.
Erlend Clouston is a Shetland-born journalist who worked for the People’s Journal, the Liverpool Daily Post, and The Guardian, for whom he was Scottish correspondent, 1993-1997. He knew Nan Shepherd for the first 35 years of his life, and the last 35 of hers.